LAN Newsletter, July 2013

Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods (LAN) July 2013 Newsletter

Greetings LAN members and friends!

We are now in the dog days of summer, but things really haven’t settled down much! There’s plenty going on in the neighborhoods, as fall approaches.

The Lawrence Planning and Development Services Department now has a new interactive map for the public to review planning submittals! The City is changing how it shares planning submittal information. If you were previously an individual subscriber, you will no longer get emails about new development projects and planning submittals (although the City will still send out written notification to adjacent property owners affected by developments). The new system will allow you to view development proposals on a color-coded, interactive map. The map is live and updated weekly. It’s pretty cool–check it out! Here is the link: http://lawrenceks.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d3f7c3aa5e9141019e124c9494904214

Accessory Dwelling Update: At the July planning commission (PC) meeting, City planning staff recommended that Accessory Dwelling Units (i.e.: adding an apartment or duplex to a single family home) be permitted in RS 5 (single family zoned) districts, even if the “owner-occupant” was “not a natural person.” (read: corporation). Several members of OWL, ONA, and LAN attended and spoke to the issue. The PC voted unanimously to reject the proposed language. We will be having further discussion about this issue at the August LAN meeting. You can read more about this issue here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/pds/planning/pcagendaJulyFull13.pdf

Road Construction: Wondering about all the road construction going on in town? Here’s a list of projects!  Summer 2013 construction projects and detours are online at http://www.lawrenceks.org/2013_construction_projects.

Ballard Center seeks school supply donationsBallard Community Services is seeking donations for its annual school kit program, which provides school supplies to students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in Douglas County. Most-needed items are backpacks, facial tissue, glue, glue sticks, zip-close bags, scissors and dry-erase markers. Supplies will be distributed the week of Aug. 5 to students who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches, about 800 students total. Donations should be in by Aug. 2, and can be dropped off at the Ballard Center, 708 Elm St. or Penn House, 1035 Pennsylvania St. They may also be taken to the Lawrence UPS locations, the three Peoples Bank branches and M&M Office Supply, 623 Massachusetts St.

Weatherization $$ availableThe City of Lawrence has funds available for weatherizing homes throughout Lawrence. Eligible improvements include attic insulation, storm windows and entry door weather-stripping. To be eligible for assistance through the weatherization program, homeowner’s annual gross family income cannot exceed the guidelines. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be accepted from August 1 through August 31, 2013. Call (785) 832-7700 for more information. Grant applications are available in the Planning and Development Services Offices at 1 Riverfront Plaza, on Level 1, Suite 110 or on the website at www.lawrenceks.org/pds/housing_programs

Update on Recycling: LAN has received a request from the City recycling staff, asking how neighborhoods pass along information to their constituents. Do you print and distribute a newsletter? If so, how often does it come out? Do you email newsletters instead? If so, how often? Do you have an alternative way to distribute information? Do you sell advertising space in your newsletters? Any information that you can provide will help the City provide information to the public. Please contact Cassandra Ford, Waste Reduction & Recycling Specialist, cford@lawrenceks.org office: (785) 832-3026.

Cultural District Survey: Please take this survey and provide your feedback on the new cultural district plan, which may affect both downtown and East Lawrence:  http://www2.lawrenceks.org/boards/cultural-district-task-force/survey

Update on SidewalksThe City Commission has asked City Auditor Michael Eglinski to conduct a review of the condition of the city’s sidewalks and the community’s efforts to maintain sidewalks, as part of his 2014 work plan. At the July planning commission meeting, the Community Sidewalk Taskforce (CST) asked the Planning Commission to reject a sidewalk variance requested for a development off Kasold. The PC made the sidewalk variance conditional, such that when the property is developed, they will be required to put sidewalks on both sides of the street. The CST meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 7 PM, in the basement conference room of the Carnegie Building, downtown.   

Annual Bicycle and Pedestrian Count volunteer information and sign up

Interested in helping Douglas County bicyclists and pedestrians in 2013? Give two hours of your time to create and maintain data on bicycling and pedestrian activity.

Data collected on bicycling and walking helps with estimating usage and demand for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The counts are used to track progress on increasing the use of non-motorized transportation, strengthen grant applications to leverage additional federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, evaluate existing projects and help determine the location of future investments. To learn more about volunteering, please visit www.lawrenceks.org/mpo/volunteer or contact Jessica Mortinger at jmortinger@lawrenceks.org or (785) 832-3165.

LAN monthly meeting:  LAN will meet Thursday, August 1, 2013, 7 PM, Capitol City Bank Conference room in the ground floor of the Hobbs Taylor Loft Building on New Hampshire Street, downtown Lawrence. Here is our draft agenda:   

  1. July minutes and treasurer’s report
  2. Update from Michelle Leininger, City of Lawrence
  3. Discussion on Accessory Dwelling Units (Michelle, Candy, Tressa)   
  4. Welcome to our guest – Chief Khatib, Lawrence Police Department, to discuss the proposed police facility and crime prevention and response in Lawrence
  5. NLIA issue – Update Pine Family Farms land sale (Ted Boyle)   
  6. LAN Brochure proposal – Dan
  7. Update from Chair 
  8. Future Agenda items and guests
  9. Neighborhood Updates, as needed
  10. City Hall feedback, for Jeremy Farmer

LAN is online! Check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceNeighborhoods . 

And check out our webpage: https://lawrenceneighborhoods.wordpress.com

Wondering how to connect with your neighborhood association? Check out the City’s list: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/neighborhoodcontacts or contact Laura Routh, LAN Chair, for more information: 979-3918, lauridi@hotmail.com

If you have news you’d like included in this newsletter, or would like to add an agenda item to the LAN monthly meeting, please contact Laura

 

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