County Government

Douglas County Commission approves permit for rural event space

A rural Douglas County family now has the authority to build and operate an event center on their land, despite some neighbors voicing opposition to their plans. The Douglas County Commission unanimously approved issuing a conditional use permit to Eugene George and his family to build the ...

Douglas County Commission to discuss plans to stop graffiti on underpasses

Underpasses in southern Lawrence have recently been marked with graffiti, which may lead to action from the Douglas County Commission. During their Wednesday meeting, commissioners will discuss ways to hinder future graffiti, possibly by adding murals to the underpasses. In a memo to the ...

Douglas County DA to stop prosecuting simple marijuana possession cases

Douglas County prosecutors will no longer file criminal cases for simple marijuana possession, District Attorney Charles Branson announced Thursday. Branson said the decision, which was announced in a news release Thursday afternoon and is effective immediately, was made "after a careful ...

Douglas County Commission approves new city-county comprehensive plan

The Douglas County Commission signed off on the implementation of a new city-county comprehensive plan on Wednesday after a discussion about the wording of one of the plan's provisions. While considering Plan 2040, which outlines how the city of Lawrence and the county will consider growth and ...

Douglas County Commission to consider approving comprehensive plan

The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday will consider approving a comprehensive plan for the county and the City of Lawrence. The commission received its first look at the plan, known as Plan 2040, last week and did not propose any changes. The plan outlines how the city and county will ...

New county administrator gets raise in permanent appointment to position

Douglas County’s new administrator received a raise when the County Commission approved her contract last month. County Administrator Sarah Plinsky will earn a $185,000 base salary in her new position, according to the contract the commission approved on Sept. 11. That’s $16,000 more than ...

Douglas County Commission to get first look at comprehensive plan on development

The Douglas County Commission will soon get its first look at a proposed plan that outlines how the county and City of Lawrence will consider development in the future. During its meeting on Wednesday, the commission will receive a presentation on Plan 2040, a comprehensive plan that covers ...

Local leaders: As senior population grows, more health workers will be needed

As the number of seniors in Douglas County grows, a shortage of health care providers in the local workforce will become a larger issue. To help address that issue, the state needs to find ways to make sure health care providers earn a living wage, Democratic state Sen. Marci Francisco said ...

Douglas County leaders, staff discuss responsibility for ‘abandoned’ cemeteries

In the rural part of Douglas County, between Lecompton and Lawrence, a cemetery sitting on private land is an important piece of the county's African American history. But staff told county leaders Wednesday that if the county wants to preserve that history, it will need to work through an ...

Local organizations asking for feedback on biking, walking paths to schools

Several local organizations are asking parents of Lawrence students to help improve walking and biking pathways to elementary and middle schools. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced in a recent news release that parents can provide feedback on their experiences of ...