County Government

Douglas County Commission to meet for brief agenda on Wednesday

The Douglas County Commission is expected to meet only briefly Wednesday. Karrey Britt, a spokeswoman for the county, said the commission’s work items were all scheduled to be in the meeting's consent agenda. The consent agenda allows the commission to consider and approve several items in ...

Douglas County’s proposed zoning code changes heading to Planning Commission soon

As Douglas County planning and zoning officials received feedback on proposed changes to the county’s zoning codes, they found little pushback from rural residents regarding the updates. “Most of our feedback has been in favor (of the changes),” said Tonya Voigt, director of zoning for ...

Douglas County officials certify 2019 general election results

Monday's canvass of the 2019 general election results confirmed the winners for the Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board races. The Douglas County Clerk’s Office released the official results of the Nov. 5 election after the County Commission certified the results. The ...

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 ...