Archive for Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Former director of planning to run for City Commission

Former city planner Price Banks and former city commissioner Dennis Constance throw their hats in the ring. Fire chief Mark Bradford is among the batch of school board candidates

January 27, 2009


The community’s former longtime leader of planning efforts wants to jump back into City Hall as a city commissioner.

Price Banks, the city’s director of planning from 1982 to 1994 filed Tuesday for one of three at large seats on the Lawrence City Commission.

Banks said he planned to run a campaign that focused on improving efficiency in government and taking better care of the city’s aging infrastructure. He said he’ll tout his experience in working with and at Lawrence City Hall.

“I think I’ve been here for most of the issues that will be coming up,” said Banks, who began as a professional land use planner in 1968 in Michigan.

After leaving the city’s planning department, Banks opened a private law practice in Lawrence. As part of his practice, he has frequently represented both developers and neighborhood groups on a variety of land-use projects that have come before city commissioners.

Banks said he obviously would discontinue that part of his law practice if he is elected to serve on the commission.

Banks said he anticipates the next commission will be forced to deal with significant declines in revenue.

“It is time to be lean and mean,” Banks said. “It may be time to start looking at alternative revenue sources because property taxes are not going to be popular.”

Banks also said he wanted to be on the City Commission during a time when important decisions are being made about rebuilding the city’s streets and other infrastructure.

“Lawrence infrastructure has taken a beating in recent years,” Banks said. “Rough winters and perhaps priorities have created a situation where we have streets in rough shape and underground infrastructure that is in rough shape.”

Banks, 65, is married and has two grown children.


spankyandcranky 8 years, 11 months ago

So far I've only read a couple of these articles about people running for commissioner. So far all the comments I've seen are negative. So enlighten us ... who do you want in the position and why?

Chris Ogle 8 years, 11 months ago

Spanky- I want someone that is willing to bite the bullet and lower, or at least maintain our taxes. The only way to do that is to say "NO" to the folks that want everything now, right now. It is time to cut back before it is too late. This town is just like our country, State, and Douglas County. WE are in debt up to our eyeballs, with no end in sight.

BigPrune 8 years, 11 months ago

Was Price a pro-growth planning director or does he advocate the intrusive no-growth policies of today? Is he a "smart growth = no growth" advocate? Should we expect more of the same we've seen these past 8 recessive years?

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