Lawrence City Commission to review affordable housing study

photo by: Nick Krug

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured on May 3, 2016.

As part of its meeting Tuesday, city leaders will review the recently completed housing study that details housing issues for different income and demographic groups.

The study, completed by BBC Research & Consulting, includes an analysis of the housing and rental market in Lawrence. It was presented to the Affordable Housing Advisory Board on Monday. One finding was that lower-priced starter homes are in short supply, and survey responses indicate that most residents are open to smaller options.

The study includes options for how the city might improve housing for various groups in Lawrence, and city staff is recommending that commissioners create a plan based on the study results and those recommendations. A memo to the commission states that such a plan would enable the city to outline the specific strategies to move the affordable housing goals forward each year, in line with the funding available.

The commission will consider whether to accept the study Tuesday and discuss a timeline for developing an affordable housing plan based on the study. The City Commission will convene at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.

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