Archive for Monday, January 2, 2006

City camping restrictions revisited

Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at

January 2, 2006


Bottom line

City commissioners will consider an ordinance regarding the prohibition of camping in the downtown district.


In July, commissioners rejected an ordinance that would have prohibited camping in city parks and on city property along the Kansas River. Instead commissioners said they would continue to rely on the public trespassing ordinance, which requires that campers be given a warning before they can be removed or arrested. Some neighbors had requested the ordinance because of concerns related to homeless camps in the area. The proposed ordinance would not specifically apply to parks, but would make it illegal to camp on the public right-of-way or on public property within the C-3 zoning district, which encompasses the downtown area.

Other business

Consent agenda

¢ approve City Commission meeting minutes.

¢ receive minutes from various boards and commissions.

¢ approve all claims.

¢ approve drinking establishment licenses for Liquid Bar & Nightclub, 804 W. 24th St., and Louise's West, 1307 W. Seventh St.

¢ approve a change order in the contract with the Utility Maintenance Contractors LLC for the 2005 Cured in Place Pipe project in the amount of $32,895.86.

¢ adopt the following on second and final reading:

a.) an ordinance rezoning 0.53 acre from C-5 Limited Commercial to RO-1A Residence Office at the southeast corner of West Seventh and Arkansas streets.

b.) an ordinance rezoning 0.34 acre from C-5 to RO-1 at 640 Ark.

c.) an ordinance rezoning 0.34 acre from RM-1 Multi-Family Residential to RO-1 north of West Seventh Street and east of Arkansas Street.

d.) an ordinance rezoning 1.52 acres from RO-2 to O-1 Office at 1015 W. Sixth St.

e.) an ordinance rezoning 2.11 acres from RM-1 to RS-2 south of West Sixth Street between Missouri and Illinois streets.

f.) an ordinance rezoning 3.349 acres changed through the Lesser Change Table from RS-1 to RS-2 at 2620 Haskell Ave.

g.) an ordinance rezoning 1.53 acres from PCD-2 Planned Commercial Development to PCD-2 with expanded allowable uses for the southeast corner of North Iowa Street and Riverridge Road.

h.) an ordinance rezoning 0.17 acre from RO-2 to C-1 Inner Neighborhood Commercial at 1246 Haskell Ave.

¢ adopt a resolution ordering the repair or demolition of the structure at 429 Ind. by March 21.

¢ accept dedication of easements and rights-of-way on the following plats:

a.) Final plat for Doolittle Subdivision, a 41-lot single family development north of Overland Drive, south of Trail Road between Eldridge Street and Monterey Way.

b.) Final plat for The Cove, a proposed 30-lot multi-family subdivision located north of Harvard Road and west of George Williams Way.

¢ approve the following site plans:

a.) site plan for a triplex at 425 Wis.

b.) site plan for an addition to the existing Southwest Junior High School at 2411 Inverness Drive.

¢ receive letter, tax abatement request and supporting materials from Berry Plastics and refer to the Public Incentives Review Committee.

¢ authorize the mayor to sign a subordination agreement for Preston Hoyt, 3817 Overland Drive.

¢ receive city manager's report.

Regular agenda

¢ receive staff memo regarding illegal camping and adopt ordinance if appropriate.


Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

I love how this pops up right after the ONLY person that it would affect was arrested. Simon has been a fixture for years, and has never hurt anyone. The state refuses to institutionalize him, and as such are partly responsible for his state.

Where is he going to go next? Nowhere, he will constantly be in and out of jail, costing the state signifigantly more money and resources than it would if he were in an institution.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 5 months ago

Simon's has an apartment. Why doesn't he go there? Simon has family who wanted to take him home. Why doesn't he go there? Simon has medication to take care of his schizophrenia. Why doesn't he take it? The point is, Simon's had plenty of opportunities to make his life better and to get off of the streets. He has refused to do that. Are we supposed to let him determine the course of city plans because he refuses help? I used to care about what happened to Simon but, frankly, I'm sick of stepping over or around him on Mass. St. for the last TEN YEARS.

Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

I am against the camping along the river, as well as those who are sleeping in the alleyways. However, I believe that the campsite along the river may not be within the proposed district. ~~The proposed ordinance would not specifically apply to parks, but would make it illegal to camp on the public right-of-way or on public property within the C-3 zoning district, which encompasses the downtown area.~~ The only one's that I know of that camp in any PUBLIC place is Simon. The others are actually camping (riverside besides) on private property, and on church property, they have the permission of the church.

I intend to follow this ordinance, but it just bugs me the way it is worded.

Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

I like commissioner Amyx, he is trying to strive for a balance between what needs to be done, and allowing people to do as they please. Unfortunately, he is often not heard very well by the rest of the commission.

Simon needs to be in long term care, and he has already been a danger to himself or others many times. Passive danger is still danger to yourself. If an elderly lady is living in squalid conditions, with no utilities on, and is unable to tell what is wrong with that situation, the state will often step in and place her into a facility. So why not Simon? In an institution, he would get the help he needs, and perhaps one day we would find him working somewhere. Or at least see him walking down the street (instead of the middle of it) going about a normal life, and without socks on his hands.

There is just too many fishy things regarding this sudden change, especially the timing, and how it looks like they tried to slip it under the radar.

lunacydetector 12 years, 5 months ago

you mean the commission might actually ban camping downtown? those hundreds of anarchists might not be able to use south park for their next convention? imagine how much revenue the community will lose! oh, just a buck or two lost?

ban away!

Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

It's official, this item is being adopted by the city. Second reading and final adoption is next month, and the City Taskforce on Homelessness is being asked for feedback, but they aren't planning on altering it.

They went on to talk about some people camping in front of Liberty Hall for tickets, they too would be breaking the law.

The fine can go up to $1000 a pop, so it can be painful to a lot of people.

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