The committee working on the city's strategic development plan will get a look this week at how a consultant has turned its work thus far into physical plans.
Consultants will outline several land-use alternatives for Lawrence's future development at a Horizon 2020 steering committee meeting next week.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the city commission meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
The consultants -- Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne, a Chicago planning and design firm -- have sent committee members a copy of "Concept Plan Alternatives."
The document, complete with colored maps, includes a brief overview of existing conditions and "future potentials." It also contains a comparison of land use and development alternatives and a discussion of the TPAP's preliminary conclusions and recommendations.
"Basically this was the next step in the (strategic planning) process, based on the goals and objectives the committee worked on this summer," said Sheila Stogsdill, a city-county planner.
"It provides a variety of alternatives on how you can implement these goals and objectives," Stogsdill said.
The document addresses the built-up portions of the city, perimeter growth areas around the city and the unincorporated areas of Douglas County.
TPAP incorporated into the document a number of the ideas and suggestions that have emerged during the Horizon 2020 planning program.
TPAP has suggested that, at the meeting, the steering committee reach consensus on the "Urban Area Infill Development Concept," which provides direction for land use within existing areas of the city.
"What this is looking at is scattered, vacant and underutilized property and how they might potentially be developed," Stogsdill said.
TPAP also wants the committee to reach consensus on the Perimeter Subarea Concepts and City-Wide Concept. The steering committee has been asked to decide on the preferred approach for land use in each of the subareas.
Here's what the consultants wrote about the subareas in the City-Wide Concept:
- North Lawrence: Calls for, in the long term, establishing a new location for industrial development away from the railroad with proper highway access and visibility near the Kansas Turnpike.
- Far East Lawrence: Embraces the East Lawrence Parkway to contain urban development and maintain rural character of the area. It emphasized employment land uses because of the new road. Office uses are recommended in the most visible and accessible areas.
- South Lawrence: Emphasizes planned commercial development for the South Iowa Street corridor. Offices would permit compatible research and development uses. Urban growth and development is not encouraged south of the South Lawrence Trafficway, but if it does develop, it should be to the west.
- Far West Lawrence: Emphasizes public open space and recreation areas and recommends using the area west of the trafficway for residential use only after it's clear there are no longer other more reasonable areas in the primary growth areas.
- Northwest Lawrence: Emphasizes open space use. Most of the area can't be served with a gravity flow wastewater collection system.
- North Central Lawrence: Emphasizes nonresidential development, except for completing and stabilizing the Riverridge neighborhood. Warehouse distribution is recommended for vacant and underused areas.