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Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

I agree the 2007 report doesn't provide sufficient information regarding the explanation for the differences between the fiscal impact of apartments versus single-family detached homes. The 2007 report provides a high level analysis of West of K-10 growth scenarios and concludes that both scenarios (traditional neighborhood development vs. suburban development) result in a significant negative fiscal impact. While both would cause a negative fiscal impact, the analysis indicates that, for residential development west of K-10, traditional neighborhood development option causes slightly less net loss than the suburban development option.

The 2006 report provides much more detail about the fiscal impact of apartment complexes vs. single-family housing. In short, the 2006 report indicates that more revenue is generated by single-family housing ($31,377), on a per unit basis, than by an apartment complex ($9,038). See page 9 of the 2006 report at http://lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/...

April 23, 2016 at 10:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

A fiscal impact analysis projects the cash flow to the public sector. This chart suggests that an apartment complex might generate greater demand for government services (police, fire, road maintenance, public schooling) than can be paid for with new revenue generated by the development (property tax, sales tax, user fees, etc.). A fiscal impact analysis estimates the long-term fiscal sustainability of land use decisions. For a good primer on the subject, take a look at a publication on the subject from the International City/County Management Association at https://icma.org/Documents/Document/D...

April 23, 2016 at 9:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

This 2007 report, "Fiscal Impact Analysis of Multiple Growth Scenarios," also prepared by TischlerBise for the City of Lawrence, includes an analysis of development scenarios west of K-10.  The full report is available at
https://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/age...

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April 16, 2016 at 2:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

This 2006 report, "Cost of Land Uses Fiscal Impact Analysis," prepared for the City of Lawrence by TischlerBise, might offer useful information for this discussion. The full report is available at
http://lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/...

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April 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Pocket parks,' hardcourts, ziplines: Lawrence residents offer ideas on Parks and Recreation priorities

Your suggestion that we should combine these two ideas is spot on. As an example of another Kansas community using such an approach, Overland Park raised their bed tax to 9 percent (from 6 percent) several years ago to provide funding for a $36 million soccer complex.

April 15, 2016 at 7:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City proposes adding 74 bicycle parking spaces downtown

LiveWell Community Wellness Grants are provided by the Douglas County Community Foundation. More information is available at https://www.dccfoundation.org/livewel....

October 13, 2015 at 9:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City proposes adding 74 bicycle parking spaces downtown

LiveWell Community Wellness Grants are provided by the Douglas County Community Foundation. More information is available at https://www.dccfoundation.org/livewel....

October 13, 2015 at 8:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Thousand Voices: New poll shows strong support of four-lane Kasold Drive over two-lane 'road diet'

The city engineer has actually discussed this option. According to the city engineer, building a roundabout with the four lanes at Kasold and Harvard, similar to what is at Wakarusa and Inverness, would require significantly more right of way at the intersection. In fact, I think he suggested it might require purchasing someone's property.

October 11, 2015 at 8:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Thousand Voices: New poll shows strong support of four-lane Kasold Drive over two-lane 'road diet'

Adam, this is a great suggestion. The difficulty, though, would be in simulating the roundabout. The traffic flow is better on the smaller road configuration only if the roundabout is used.

October 11, 2015 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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