Archive for Monday, January 23, 2006

Public to get look at proposed new code

January 23, 2006


The public will have a chance to weigh in on new regulations that are expected to guide how growth will look in the city for years to come.

City leaders will conduct an open house meeting on the city's new development code from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets.

The development code would replace the city's current zoning code, which staff members have said is badly outdated.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will have a formal public hearing on the code on Feb. 22. The City Commission will consider adopting the code in March.

A copy of the draft version of the code is available online at


mcoan 12 years, 4 months ago

The most livable cities typically have the best downtowns. The best downtowns have people living in them, working in them, shopping in them, and being entertained in them. City planners in communities with the best downtowns understand that suburban development must be restricted and urban density increased in order to protect the urban core.

Now, that said: I don't think the Lawrence Development Machine/Chamber of Commerce will EVER allow restrictions on suburban growth. And I don't think the planning department has demonstrated any willingness to confront them.

It's time for an Urban Growth Boundary.

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