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25 years ago: Oread downzoning to be voluntary, not mandatory, planners say

May 26, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 26, 1988:

  • In what they termed a "tough call," Lawrence Douglas-County planners voted 6-1 to recommend a voluntary downzoning plan for about 119 lots in the 900 blocks of Indiana and Louisiana street and the 900 and 1000 blocks of Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee streets. According to the recommendation, homeowners in the area would have until Sept. 15 to apply for downzoning without having to pay fees. The recommendation replaced the original proposal made by the Oread Neighborhood Association to automatically rezone all of the lots from dormitory, intense multifamily residential, and residential-offices uses to the lowest density of multifamily zoning. ONA members were worried about growing development pressures in the area and the tendency of owners to let older homes run down until apartment builders would purchase the property, but dissenting commissioners said they were reluctant to downzone a property against the owner's will.
  • Plans were brewing for the 55th reunion of the Class of 1933 of Lawrence's Liberty Memorial High School. Reunion organizers reported that about 70 reservations had come in so far, some from former classmates living as far away as Massachusetts, Texas, New York, and California.

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