The countdown has started.
The "Lawrence is Growing: Finding Common Ground" project is shifting into its second phase. "Countdown to Common Ground" will include a series of televised discussions and community meetings leading to a final report to be presented Sept. 24 on growth issues facing the city.
Throughout the summer, area residents are being asked to focus on six specific topics related to growth. The topics were identified in the first phase of the project, which started in April.
Every other week, a roundtable discussion among community members will be televised on Sunflower Cablevision Channel 6 at three times: 6:30 p.m. Monday, 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The next Monday, residents will be invited to a town meeting to participate in discussions aimed at setting community goals and reaching consensus on the six topics.
The first televised discussion on open space preservation debuted Monday on Sunflower Cablevision. The program will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The first town meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St.
People who can't attend the forum are invited to contribute comments via e-mail or phone. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-7290.
In subsequent weeks, television broadcasts and community meetings will focus on planning and Horizon 2020, business and economic development, traffic and transportation, schools, and building social capital. The results of community meetings will be compiled and delivered to city and county officials at a final televised meeting set for Sept. 24 at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
Here's a look at the topics and schedule:
l Topic 1: Open Space Preservation
7 p.m. today.
10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
l Topic 2: Planning and Horizon 2020
Roundtables on Channel 6: 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 2; 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4; 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 7.
Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 9.
l Topic 3: Business and Economic Development
Roundtables on Channel 6: 6:30 p.m. July 16, 7 p.m. July 18, 10:30 a.m. July 21.
Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 23
l Topic 4: Traffic and Transportation
Roundtables on Channel 6: 6:30 p.m. July 30, 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4.
Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 6
l Topic 5: Schools
Programs on Channel 6: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18.
Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 20
Topic 6: Social capital:
Programs on Channel 6: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1.
Forum: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 10.
In the Sept. 24 forum at Liberty Hall, city and county officials will be invited to hear the voice of the community and have an opportunity to discuss the project's findings.