Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods (LAN)
April 2013 Newsletter
Greetings LAN members and Friends,
Here is a draft agenda for our May meeting:
LAN May Meeting – Draft Agenda
- Approval of April minutes, and treasure’s report
- Update from Michelle Leininger, City of Lawrence
- Update on Rental Registration, and next steps – Tom Harper
- Update on subcommittee activities (downtown overlay; LAN effectiveness; sidewalk task force, others)
- Discussion of H2020 task force
- Urgent Neighborhood Updates, as needed, and request for NA schedules
- Discussion of new NAs/members and bylaw requirements
- Discussion of neighborhood plans
- Comments for City Hall/City Commission – Jeremy Farmer
- LAN Chair activity update and correspondence approval
LAN’s Thursday May 2nd, 2013 meeting will be held at 7 PM, in the bank conference room of the Hobbs Taylor Loft Building, 730 New Hampshire Street, downtown Lawrence. Please email email@example.com if you wish to attend as a guest, or if your neighborhood wishes to add an item to the agenda.
Here are a few updates on things happening around town, related to neighborhoods.
Text Amendment and Planning Update
Both the Planning Commission and the City Commission voted UNANIMOUSLY to reject a text amendment that would uncouple the development code from the comprehensive plan. Huge thanks to all the neighborhood folks and concerned citizens that spoke out on this issue! Our voices were heard! http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/apr/23/city-commissioners-want-study-whether-lawrence-nee/ However, be aware that it now appears that there is a significant move afoot at City Hall to re-examine Horizon 2020, and either revise it, or begin the process of developing a NEW comprehensive plan, entirely. LAN will be discussing this issue at our May 2 meeting, and we hope to get a seat at the table. Stay tuned!
Indian Hills Neighborhood issues & Menards
A proposal to build a new Menards store off 31st street, adjoining the Indian Hills neighborhood, has met with some resistance from the planning commission and City planning staff, who recommended that the project be rejected. The neighborhood appears to be split on the proposal: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/apr/19/city-planners-recommending-denial-proposed-menards/ and http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/apr/22/planning-commission-votes-defer-decision-menards-o/
If you live in Indian Hills, and have an opinion–either way–on this project, now is the time to make your voice heard. Send your comments to the Commissioners: http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/commissioners
Oread Parking workshop update
From Eileen Horn, City/County Sustainability Coordinator:
On April 17th, City and KU staff, stakeholders, and neighbors convened with technical experts from EPA to discuss the unique parking challenges of the Oread neighborhood. Prior to the workshop, a “parking audit” had been conducted by City staff and volunteers to assess the parking demand in the neighborhood, and to identify blocks with particularly high parking demand. At the workshop, EPA staff and consultants worked with stakeholders to review the Oread parking audit data and identify national best practices in parking management that could be applied to the neighborhood. Key discussion topics included improvements to multimodal services, improved pedestrian access, and the possibility of a resident parking permit program. A final report will be available for review by mid May. This was part of an EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant that the City was awarded in 2013.
KU Master Plan
LAN Chair Laura Routh attended the recent KU master planning forum at Lawrence High School: http://m.ljworld.com/news/2013/apr/24/ku-seeks-community-input-master-plan-forum/?templates=mobile and expressed concern about a tentative plan to eliminate some on-campus housing in favor of academic building development that would push more rentals and associated parking problems out into neighborhoods. If your neighborhood wants to offer input on the master planning process, you can email the Design and Construction Management office at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the master plan is available online at www.dcm.ku.edu/campus-master-plan
Centennial Neighborhood Association (CNA) Tennis Court Lighting Issue
On Thursday April 25, new City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer met with about 20 members of the Centennial Neighborhood to discuss a recent Lawrence Tennis Association proposal to install lights at the tennis courts behind Centennial School. The lighting project is being questioned by many adjoining neighbors, because of concerns about light pollution, noise and other negative impacts to their residential properties. Stay tuned for more updates on this issue. If you have questions, please contact Dan Coleman, email@example.com
The City Commission has scheduled a study session on June 4, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., at City Hall. LAN is looking for volunteers to serve on the budget subcommittee, to track the City progress. Please email or call Laura Routh, or come to the May meeting, if you are interested.
LAN, in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, has convened a community sidewalk taskforce. If you are interested in participating, or receiving updates, please contact LAN Chair Laura Routh, 979-3918, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The secon CST meeting will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 6 PM, at the Merc on Iowa Ave.
LAN Effectiveness subcommittee
The LAN effectiveness subcommittee met in April and brainstormed a variety of ideas for ensuring LAN has a seat at the table when planning and city policy proposals are being discussed. An update on subcommittee activity will be provided at the May 2 LAN meeting.
Community Radio station project update
In the mid-1990s, KAW Community Radio had LAN folks on the air, on a regular basis, sharing important neighborhood projects. A new radio project has emerged, and is asking for your neighborhood’s support. Rich Wenzel requests that LAN folks who would like a new community radio station provide letters of support. Please contact Rich for more information: email@example.com
Warning about Door-to-door solicitors in neighborhood:
Unlicensed door-to-door solicitors have been nabbed by the Lawrence Police Department, recently. Be aware that anyone going door-to-door selling things or soliciting donations is required to be registered with the City. Also, if you have a NO SOLICITORS sign on your residence, they are not allowed to approach your property. At a recent neighborhood meeting, a police officer noted that sometimes, unregistered solicitors are actually thieves casing your house. If you are concerned about solicitors or peddlers in your neighborhood, please call the police. The LPD’s non-emergency number is (785) 832-7509.
LAN is online! Check us out: https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceNeighborhoods and https://lawrenceneighborhoods.wordpress.com . If you’d like to be removed from this mailing list, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about LAN, feel free to call or text me, Laura Routh, LAN Chair, 979-3918.
Thanks! See ya’ll in May!