Lawrence city commissioners at their weekly meeting will consider stepping up the area’s environmental policies.
The city will review and possibly adopt a proposed environmental chapter to insert into Horizon 2020, the city and county’s comprehensive plan.
The new chapter provides recommendation on how the city and county can protect natural resources such as water quality, air quality, woodlands, prairies and other natural features.
Among some recommendations are:
• Establish a new countywide drainage plan to better manage stormwater flooding.
• Develop regulations and incentives to provide various levels of protection for major woodland areas.
• Adopt an urban forestry master plan to better manage woodland areas that are inside the city limits.
• Create regulations and incentives for protection of native prairies.
• Develop a community process to define important “viewsheds” that may be worthy of protection from future development.
• Create new tools to help protect high-quality agricultural ground.
• Develop transportation design standards that encourage alternative forms of transportation.
Commissioners meet at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.