LAN November 2013 Newsletter
Greetings LAN members and friends! Wondering what’s going on in the neighborhoods? Check it all out, here:
Update on Rental Registration: The City Commission may be VOTING on rental registration and inspection at their December 3, 2013 meeting, beginning at 6:35 PM at City Hall. We expect that landlords opposing this ordinance will be present in large numbers. PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING and lend your voice in support of this long overdue policy. We need neighborhoods present if we want this ordinance to pass! Please come, and bring folks from your neighborhood if you can. If you cannot attend, please email your commissioners: http://www.lawrenceks.org/commissioners
Read more about the proposed ordinance, here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2013/09-10-13/pl_rental_licensing_staff_memo.html
Here is a terrific letter on this subject from LAN Vice-Chair, Candy Davis:
Update on Relocation of Transit Hub (from the City of Lawrence): “Since the start of service, the primary focus of the Lawrence Transit System has been on the Downtown Lawrence. In doing so it has been necessary to accommodate passengers that need to transfer from one route to another in order to complete their trip. To facilitate these critical transfers Lawrence Transit has found it necessary to utilize over three hundred feet of curb space as a “transfer hub” in the downtown. At the current location many of the amenities commonly associated with this kind of activity are lacking. These amenities would include seating for passengers, restrooms, service information and the lack of a controlled (indoor) environment out of the elements. Since there is limited space and/or opportunity to accommodate these amenities at the current location or in the downtown in general, Lawrence Transit has been actively investigating alternative locations.
On June 25, the City Commission received a report regarding several possible sites for a permanent transit hub. At the meeting, the City Commission indicated an interest in pursuing a possible location at 9th & Iowa. Subsequent to that discussion, KU officials have approached City staff regarding KU interest in locating the transit hub on KU Endowment property south of Fire Station 5 just northeast of 21st and Iowa. Based on operational requirements staff has determined that the site provides adequate space for bus circulation and passenger activity. The location would require signalization of 21st and Iowa intersection and some improvements to 21st Street and Stewart Avenue in order to accommodate bus operations.
As discussions continue with KU officials regarding this site staff is planning a neighborhood meeting with area stakeholders on Monday, December 2 to discuss the idea and receive feedback. A formal meeting with area stakeholders on Monday, December 2 to discuss the idea and receive feedback. A formal discussion of the feedback and additional details of the concept will be presented to City Commission in December .
The neighborhood meeting will be held at Fire Station 5 on December 2, 2013 from 6-7 pm . You are welcome and encouraged to attend.
If you are unable to attend the neighborhood meeting, you can submit your comments, questions, or concerns to: Diane Stoddard, Assistant City Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org ; 832-3413 or Bob Nugent, Public Transit Administrator; email@example.com; 832-3464”
Downtown Development Update: Things are heating up downtown, with proposals for new development, downtown:
The City Commission is slated, at a date yet to be announced, to receive the recommendations from the joint HRC/PC discussions regarding the issues outlined in the 11/29/12 Downtown Redevelopment Issues & Opportunities Memo.
Here is a terrific Letter to the Editor on downtown development, from LAN member Tom Harper: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/nov/22/letter-plan-needed/?letters_to_editor
City Advisory Boards: There are almost always openings on City Advisory Boards—check it out! It’s a great way to serve your community, and help ensure that neighborhoods have a voice in City Affairs. Check it out, here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/boards
This City advisory board helps allocate CDBG monies, among other duties. Two vacancies for positions that expire 09/30/13 and 09/30/15. Three additional positions expire 09/30/13. One of those positions will become vacant and three positions will be eligible for reappointment to additional terms. Eligibility requirements exist for this board. Contact Danelle Dresslar for more information: 832.3108; firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention center? Thoughts?
Latest update from the City planning department: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/pds/devservices/LAN_Oct13.pdf
Only in Kansas can you go from 70+ degrees to below freezing temperatures and ice in the space of a week. Brrrr! Please consider lending a hand to neighbors in need of help with shoveling snow. Learn more here: http://lawrenceks.org/safe_winter_walkways . Speaking of snow, here is another great City link: http://www.lawrenceks.org/snow
Planning Submittal Map: This City-wide interactive map allows you to view location and details about proposed developments, zoning changes and project submittals throughout the City: http://lawrenceks.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d3f7c3aa5e9141019e124c9494904214
Code Violations occurring in your neighborhood? Report them, here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_violation
Community Events of Interest:
The League of Women Voters is hosting a brownbag luncheon with City Manager David Corliss on December 12 at 11:30 at the Carnegie building. Bring your lunch and your good questions!
Here is Mr. Corliss’ latest report to the City Commission: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2013/11-26-13/cm_report.html
Health Care Access Holiday Homes Tour: Sunday, December 8 https://www.facebook.com/HealthCareAccessHolidayHomesTour?directed_target_id=0
Bizarre Bazaar: Over 130 area artists present the annual Bizarre Bazaar at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire in Lawrence KS. Friday, November 29th from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday, November 30th from 9am to 5pm.
Percolator Snipe Hunt beginning Friday, November 29! https://www.facebook.com/events/1434827200069986/
Neighborhood Updates and contacts!
A very special welcome to the virtual (Facebook) neighborhood, Brook Creek Neighborhood Association! Awesome to have you!
East Lawrence: https://www.facebook.com/eastlawrence
North Lawrence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277132432449/
Old West Lawrence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/55907656453/
There is a great new neighborhood contact list, created by the Lawrence Police Department. If you would like that list, please email email@example.com, or contact Officer Hackmeister at the LPD, firstname.lastname@example.org
December LAN Meeting Agenda
We will meet Thursday, December 5, at 7 PM, in the conference room of the Capitol City Bank in the Hobbs Taylor Loft building on New Hampshire Street, downtown. If you have an item you’d like on the agenda, please contact your neighborhood rep or email Laura Routh, email@example.com
1. Approval of Minutes and treasure’s report
2. HOT TOPIC! Downtown Development Proposals & discussion
3. 2014 LAN Leadership election: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
4. Request from Treasurer to compile list of recipients for 2014 LAN dues notices
5. Discussion of Subcommittee to monitor the City’s rental registration program.
6. Neighborhood updates, as needed
LAN is online! Check us out, here:
Check out the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition, a joint effort of LAN and the League of Women Voters: http://www.lawrencewalks.org
Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! LAN is thankful for all of the wonderful neighborhood folks out there who work so hard to make Lawrence the special place that it is. Keep up the great work!