City Government

City proposes allowing Accessory Dwelling Units in more Lawrence neighborhoods

Another building option could be opened up to hundreds of homeowners in eastern Lawrence, but some residents in those neighborhoods say the new option could be detrimental. As part of its meeting Wednesday, the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission initiated a code change ...

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

Lawrence City Commission to discuss changes to city union rules

Following a request from an area union, city leaders will soon consider potential changes to the city’s resolution governing employee unions. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will receive a staff report on Resolution No. 6817 and consider whether the resolution ...

Lawrence City Commission to review draft policy for police department body cameras

City leaders will soon review the Lawrence Police Department’s draft policy for body cameras, which includes details on how the cameras and the footage they record will be used and handled. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will receive a presentation from the ...

City and county to host informational meeting about the upcoming 2020 census

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County are hosting an informational meeting later this month about the upcoming 2020 census and the importance of getting an accurate population count. Local census experts will be on hand at the public meeting, scheduled for Jan. 28 at the Lawrence Public ...

Lawrence City Commission approves $31,000 in additional funding for homeless shelter

After hearing several comments from people who are currently or were recently homeless, city leaders voted unanimously on Tuesday to provide $31,000 of the city’s surplus sales tax proceeds to the Lawrence Community Shelter. The funding will temporarily allow the shelter to increase its ...

Consultants say new master plan aims to make downtown Lawrence a regional destination

Consultants creating the new Downtown Master Plan say one of the key goals of the plan is to strengthen downtown as a destination, not only for Lawrence residents but for the entire region. The city hired consulting firm Houseal Lavigne Associates to complete the plan, and the firm presented ...

Local church donates $10,000 to build additional bus shelters and benches

A local church has donated $10,000 to the city to help fund construction of bus benches and shelters throughout the community. As part of its meeting Jan. 7, the Lawrence City Commission accepted the $10,000 donation from Velocity Church, which has services at the Lawrence Arts Center and ...

Draft of Downtown Master Plan envisions shift to ‘experience-based’ businesses

Within the next 20 years in downtown Lawrence, residents might not shop at a row of retail stores — instead, they might go "play with gadgets, meet with personal stylists" and visit a variety of "experience-based businesses" that offer unique services that you can't buy online. That's the ...

City leaders express interest in using sales tax surplus to help homeless shelter

City of Lawrence leaders will soon consider providing some of the city’s surplus sales tax proceeds to the local homeless shelter. Lawrence received about $400,000 more in sales and use tax collections in 2019 than it had budgeted for. During the City Commission’s meeting Tuesday, ...

Decline in global recycling markets could affect Lawrence residents’ utility bills

If the market for recycled materials remains low, the city's costs for processing recyclables could go up — and so could residents' utility bills. The City of Lawrence contracts with the Hamm recycling facility to process recyclable materials, but changes in global markets have led to a ...

Renovation of Fire Station No. 1 puts new shine on old building

With its gleaming copper-plated addition and the bright red garage doors, the renovated Fire Station No. 1 stands out. The $7.14 million renovation project is nearing completion, with only a few final items, and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical personnel moved back into the station ...