City Government

Lawrence City Commission to consider committing to 100% renewable energy

City leaders will soon decide whether to commit to running on all renewable energy in the coming years. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will consider adopting an ordinance that establishes municipal and community-wide goals to achieve 100% renewable energy. In ...

City of Lawrence considering lowering speed limits on residential streets

Story updated at 3:42 p.m. Thursday The City of Lawrence is considering lowering the speed limit on residential streets to help address concerns about speeding in neighborhoods. Currently, the standard speed limit for residential streets is 30 mph, though some variations exist, according to ...

Lawrence temporary cold-weather shelter finds new home, seeks volunteers

A temporary cold-weather shelter for the homeless has found another church to house the program, although the location of that church is not being disclosed. The Lawrence Winter Shelter program announced in a Facebook post on Monday that it had found another location and needed volunteers to ...

City announces new monthly Coffee with the Mayor event

Lawrence residents will soon have a more informal way to discuss topics related to city government. The city will begin a new monthly event, Coffee with the Mayor, where residents can meet with the mayor at various Lawrence coffee shops, according to a news release from the city. Residents ...

Lawrence city leaders express interest in changing illegal camping ordinance

City leaders said they are interested in changing or possibly repealing ordinances that make it illegal to camp or sleep on public land, in city parks and in downtown Lawrence. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission discussed ordinances regarding illegal camping and park ...

City leaders suggest new ideas for handling sidewalk repairs

City leaders have a couple of new ideas when it comes to the contentious topic of sidewalk repair, including the creation of a sidewalk insurance program and a gradual city takeover of maintenance responsibilities. The city adopted a policy in 2018 to administer its sidewalk repair ordinance, ...

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

City announces public feedback opportunities for 2020 strategic plan

The City of Lawrence has announced several upcoming public meetings to gather input on the creation of the city’s strategic plan. The 2020 strategic plan will set specific goals for the city for the next few years, and commissioners will use the plan when making budget decisions. The 2020 ...

City of Lawrence developing new method for allocating social service funds

The City of Lawrence is developing a new method for allocating money for social service agencies and programs. At the Lawrence City Commission's meeting on Tuesday, Assistant City Manager Casey Toomay said city staff was developing a matrix to help the commission evaluate requests for social ...

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Lawrence City Commission to discuss funding allocation process for social services

City leaders will soon discuss potential changes to their process for funding local social services and programs. As part of the Lawrence City Commission meeting Tuesday, city staff will present commissioners with information regarding state law and city code related to social service funding ...

Court dismisses lawsuit over controversial Hub apartment project

A development group that sought to build a five-story apartment and retail building in downtown Lawrence appears to have abandoned its effort. The development group and the property owners sued the City of the Lawrence last year after the City Commission rejected its project, but have ...