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City planners seeking feedback on Oread Neighborhood Plan

City planners are looking for the public's help in determining the future of the look and feel of the Oread neighborhood.

January 22, 2009

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City planners are seeking input on a new neighborhood plan for the Oread Neighborhood.

The planning department will be hosting a public meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Planners are seeking feedback on strengths, weaknesses, issues and opportunities facing the neighborhood.

The neighborhood plan will serve as a guide for future development and redevelopment of the neighborhood. The existing plan for the neighborhood was approved in 1979.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

igby, I make the second, vote? Each property owner best be starting to represent themselves.Where is the plan? Who has it? If a plan is being developed, then way was zoning changed? How much money does the city have? Can Cooley defend the city, when he is not at Mcdonalds on 6th street. I wonder if he is on city time or our time?

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igby 5 years, 2 months ago

It's time to dissolve the ONA, I motion, does anyone second?Their a minority special interest group that need to go. They don't represent the district and its diversity of property owners and have in the past push their own personal agenda at city hall with little resistance. Their needs to be another membership group formed of investor property owners and single family property owners that does not want to share the same organizations with Marci F. and the Pilgrims from Hell.Whats the plan anyway, I can't find anything in writing about the "New Plan", anywhere on the cities website "webmasters".It talks about the new plan but there are no clear statements about anything as to what the new plan is about.The ONA needs to go, lets put it if front of the commission for a formal vote to form a consent to formalize a vote to dissolve the ONA from representing the so call Oread district.We really don't need an association of minority interest representing the district. Each property owner can represent themselves at city hall. The ONA is a minority special interest group who wants to force their will on the whole district and the district does not need the ONA. I motion to get rid of them does anyone second?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

Does ONA even exist? Does the city commission know who it's members are? Just curious? And this Margene Swarts woman, helping to fund the group, I wonder if she knows who the members are. Or is the city throwing money to a group to use them as pawns and the group feels "important"?Who is behind the plan? Why 30 years later? Why was zoning changed and no plan at the time?Something is smelling or maybe the entire city staff is so inept and have been lucky , so far.

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parrotuya 5 years, 2 months ago

The city is done screwing with the Centennial neighborhood, so it is time to target another one. Here is my feedback: HELL NO to whatever they want to do.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

notice, that the planners are seeking feedback, strengths, weaknesses,..what the h#$%k is that? Are they planners? Are they seeking from the owners what THEY want? All of the owners? Sounds to me like the planners are pitifully trying to cover their butts with some mumbo jumbo public meeting and see what comes from it.They would do better to stay at home. Why February? Why not last October? Why this department and city commission can't even get a house taken down that has already been approved for demoliton. Doesn't speak well for Neighborhood Resources which supposedlby prides itself on housing improvement.The only weaknesses in that neighborhood are the weak commissioners who have allowed ONA to run roughshoud over the owners and the commissioners. The strengths are the owners who have allowed it, but they may quietly be planning something. That area has always had some tough owners. When push comes to shove, they may as well shove the ONA farther than they would like and at a cost that will surprise some. There are some deep pockets in that wide area known as Oread. The first thing for a plan would be to change the boundaries and for the commission to not allow themselves to continue to be the laughing stock of owners. who is behind this plan? ONA or KU, or Endowment:? Or is it just something the planning department is sitting around day to day dreaming up for lack of better things to do?30 years almost 1/3 of a century..That really speaks well of a progresssive city.!!Pity poor Lawrence in 2009. Maybe Obama will show the way.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

max1, the planning department needs to get rid of the Stogsdill woman, her excuses for notification would make a good lawsuit.I wonder how much money all of the Oread Neighborhood group members could come up with for a lawsuit? I just bet the commissioners would love a nice $$$$$$$$$$ costly lawsuit on their way out.max1, here is the deal. The zoning was changed so, wouldn't that in effect have already caused a new plan?The stupid planning department along with the commissioners past,present and dead, went along with it and created non conforming use for apartment complexes and lots of them.They ain't too bright at city hall. As I have said before, we thought we were getting 100 watt light bulbs and we keep getting nite lites.How many cases has the city actually won when the real facts were brought forward by competent attorneys?There are plenty of experts outside the Kansas city area that would just love to be counsel for owners in this area known as Oread. This community embraced Obama for change, well they may very well get some change here.It won't be spare change either.Folks are keeping an eye on this. The responsible decisions have to be made at city hall and so far they aren't forthcoming.

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max1 5 years, 2 months ago

Hawk is right. We need some feedforward first.

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LarryLarryLarry 5 years, 2 months ago

If property owners don't want to get hosed by the ONA, they better get involved! Same thing with the rental registration proposal. It's time to get involved if you want to save your investment. Call upon your city commisioners and let them know where you stand. NO to rental registration and NO to any further restrictions by the ONA.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

1979? 30 years later is 30 years too late.The entire area has been nothing but a money magnet for the county, USD 497 and city.The land is totally underutilized.Just a bunch of crap inside a garbage can with KU at the top and city hall at the bottom.I hope the planning department properly notifies all property owners and sends to them the plan being discussed.

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goatdog 5 years, 2 months ago

I heard the hotel is in the hole big time.

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Michael Sizemore 5 years, 2 months ago

I thought we were plowing it under for the new hotel/commercial district?

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