Archive for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Design guidlines for Oread move ahead

August 28, 2012


Lawrence city commissioners agreed to keep moving forward on a process to create design guidelines for the Oread neighborhood.

Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to have the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission study proposed design guidelines for the neighborhood next to Kansas University.

Commissioners at their weekly meeting were told a draft copy of the design guidelines wasn’t yet completed, but a consultant for the city explained some of the details.

Scott Day, with Urban Development Services, told commissioners the guidelines do not focus so much on architectural details, but rather on building sizes, positioning of buildings on lots and appropriate ways to incorporate parking into designs.

The document also makes recommendations for items to preserve in the neighborhood, such as some of the mature trees that give the neighborhood character.

“There aren’t a lot of neighborhoods in the U.S. that still have that cathedral-like tree canopy on their streets,” Day said while showing pictures of the area just north of Memorial Stadium. “It is really remarkable.”

The design guidelines ultimately will come back to city commissioners for final approval but not likely until next year.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes but the new anti neighborhood Oread neighborhood Assoc was saying they wanted to prevent any property owners from down zoning THEIR property..... to something such as single family dwelling I presume. Thus preventing this new anti neighborhood Oread neighborhood Assoc from over building the hood with large boarding houses that come with inadequate parking and probably more party fever than ever.

This new anti neighborhood Oread neighborhood Assoc is made up of local developers which do not necessarily represent the neighborhood. Some of which do not live in the neighborhood.

Beware live in Oread neighbors who own their single family homes and property.

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