Lawrence and Douglas County will be well represented next week at the American Planning Assn. national planning conference in Seattle.
Nine people from the city and county governments will attend the five-day event with the hope of returning with ideas and information to help with decision making.
"We're always interested in the growth issues and the livability of neighborhoods," said Sheila Stogsdill, assistant planning director for the city-county planning office.
The registration fee is $450 each.
The county will be spending about $4,400 for its three people not including meals.
Representing the planning office along with Stogsdill will be planning director Linda Finger and three Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners: Andy Ramirez, Frank Male and Jane Bateman.
Lawrence Mayor Erv Hodges will be going.
Representing Douglas County will be commissioners Dean Nieder and Charles Jones and Keith Dabney, county director of zoning and codes.
For commission newcomer Jones the event will be an introduction to county government.
"I'm really interested just basically in the fundamentals of planning," Jones said. "For me, it's just a primer."
Nieder attended the annual conference before and said it gave him a chance to learn from other government officials.
"You really learn things just talking to people in the hallway," Nieder said. "Douglas County is not unique. There are other places that have probably confronted these problems before us."
Stogsdill said the event included a variety of speakers and sessions covering everything from land use to transportation issues.
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