City Government

City leaders open to limited changes to sidewalk repair program

There was not enough support among city leaders on Tuesday to abandon Lawrence's contentious sidewalk repair program, but leaders were interested in a few limited tweaks to how the program operates. Currently, the program generally requires homeowners and other property owners to pay to repair ...

Lawrence mayor calls for city to reallocate some police funding for social services

As protests against police killings of black people and calls for reform continue across the country, Lawrence Mayor Jennifer Ananda is calling for the city to reallocate some police funding to social services, among other changes. At the opening of the Lawrence City Commission’s meeting ...

Lawrence City Commission to discuss changes to controversial sidewalk repair program

City leaders will soon discuss some new ideas for sidewalk repair, including the creation of a sidewalk insurance program and a potential city takeover of maintenance responsibilities. The Lawrence City Commission requested to reconsider the city’s sidewalk maintenance program earlier this ...

City of Lawrence announces new director of planning and development services

City Manager Craig Owens announced Wednesday that Jeff Crick will be the new planning and development services director for the City of Lawrence-Douglas County Planning and Development Services Department. Crick joined city staff in 2013 and has served as the planning manager for the ...

Lawrence City Commission supportive of new downtown layout, but open to other options

City leaders expressed support for a new layout for downtown that limits parking in an effort to give businesses more space to safely operate during the coronavirus pandemic, but wanted the city to remain open to other alternatives. As part of its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission ...