Lawrence City Commission set for light agenda this week

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Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured on Jan. 31, 2023.

As of Monday afternoon, the Lawrence City Commission has very little to take care of at its next weekly meeting.

The agenda for Tuesday’s City Commission meeting doesn’t list any regular agenda items — which typically account for most discussion and action at each weekly meeting — as of 3:45 p.m. Monday.

There are a few items on the meeting’s consent agenda, which is home to items that are generally considered routine and can be approved together by one vote from commissioners without any discussion. Items on the consent agenda can, however, be pulled for further discussion and an individual vote by a commissioner — or in the case of “quasi-judicial” items, actions like zoning decisions or appeals regarding property or liberty rights, by a member of the public.

There are two such items on the consent agenda this week, both related to the same approximately 2.87-acre property at 1505 North 1708 Road. The property is seeking to be annexed into the city so it can receive city utility services. The annexation would also require an appropriate urban zoning, so one of the two quasi-judicial items is a rezoning request for the property.

There’s one other item of note on the consent agenda for Tuesday: the city’s 2023 annual economic development report. According to Tuesday’s agenda, the report summarizes the city’s performance and compliance for active economic development programs ranging from property tax abatements to Tax Increment Financing districts and various development incentive programs.

The Lawrence City Commission will convene at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St. A live stream of the meeting can be viewed via Zoom or the city’s YouTube channel.


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