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Lawrence City Commission to consider environmental chapter to comprehensive plan

December 13, 2010

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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.

Comments

Michael Capra 4 years ago

more ways to say NO NO NO NO NO AND NO

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

When one of your overlords comes demanding, "no" is the best default answer.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

Ban internal combustion lawn mowers! They are killing the planet!

Ken Lassman 4 years ago

Seems to me that the idea behind this is to encourage the preservation of native prairies and woodlands in the areas that Lawrence is likely to expand into, and without this kind of language in the planning document, it's much less likely to happen and they'll just disappear into yet another development tract. Look at the green spaces in the Kansas City area, and you'll realize how important the planning process is to creating a liveable city.

The Prairie Park Nature Center is a great example of what can happen with a little foresight. Including such language increases the chances that some farmer will sell his land at a good price to create a greenspace instead of just another spread of ticky-tacky houses--you got a problem with that?

This is not a case of "no, no, no" it's a case of "yes, yes, yes." Do you realize that Topeka and Kansas City have both preserved prairies and native woodlands, have planted native vegetation to absorb street runoff to purify it before it goes back to the river, and done all kinds of sustainable landscaping projects? Why do you think that is? Because it actually saves money, creates a more livable space, and improves the reputation of the town to attract high quality employers.

You armchair whiners need to get a life and try to contribute to your community instead of always cutting it down.

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