LAN April 2014 Newsletter
Greetings, LAN members and friends!
Spring has sprung, and the neighborhoods are in full bloom! Find out what’s going on behind the scenes, here:
Updates from City Hall
Interested in how the City spends your tax dollars? City Hall is hosting a series of public meetings regarding the 2015 City of Lawrence Budget:
Monday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m, at the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence
Thursday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station No. 5, 1901 Stewart Avenue
Horizon 2020 – Comprehensive Plan Revisions: City and county officials want to hear your opinion on how Lawrence and the surrounding parts of Douglas County should grow. The city and county are hosting eight public forums to get feedback on Horizon 2020, the city and county’s comprehensive plan. City and county officials are in the process of updating the plan, and getting some basic feedback from residents is one of the first steps.
Here’s a list of the upcoming meetings:
— 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 29, Lawrence City Hall
— 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 7, Lecompton Community Building
— 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 29, Lawrence Indoor Aquatics Center
— 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 4, Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City
— 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., June 19, Eudora Recreation Center
— 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 30, Douglas County Courthouse
— 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 16, Dreher 4-H Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds
These meetings will provide a chance for residents to complete a survey, and discuss with city and county planners issues such as growth and development, transportation, preservation of historic and natural resources, and infrastructure needs.
Wondering what developments may be coming to your neighborhood? Check out the City’s interactive planning submittal map, here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/submittals
Interested in serving on a City advisory Board? CURRENT VACANCIES, here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/boards/vacancies
If you are interested in serving on a board, citizens send a letter of interest to the Mayor, P.O. Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044: http://www.lawrenceks.org/boards/volunteer
Please cc: LAN Chair, Linda Bush so that we can support neighborhood nominations and volunteers:
Upcoming Events & Issues
Just Food Food Drive and Food Truck benefit Saturday, May 10th.
On Saturday, May 10th, Lawrence residents can leave non-perishable food donations by their mailbox and it will be collected and distributed to community partners by Just Food across Douglas County. That evening, the Kansas Food Truck Festival will be happening in the Warehouse Arts District in East Lawrence! The event includes food from food truck vendors, live music, and live art demonstrations. All proceeds from the art, as well as a portion of the ticket sales benefit Just Food. https://www.facebook.com/justfoodks?ref=stream Volunteers are needed: http://justfoodks.org/banners/food-truck-fest-sign-up/
Fiber Optic Internet? A group of college (business school) students are working on an entrepreneurship project to determine if there is a desire for Fiber-optic internet service to the home owners of Lawrence. They have asked LAN members to take a few minutes to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J5K92B8 For more information, please contact Zach Amrein firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Soon – Roundabouts!
Is YOUR trash Day changing?
Update on Transit Hub: City staff held a neighborhood meeting with area stakeholders regarding a possible transit hub location at the northeast corner of 21st and Iowa Streets on Monday, April 21. This meeting was well-attended, and information was provided regarding a traffic study that was completed earlier this year on possible locations at 9th and Iowa Streets and 21st and Iowa Streets. There will be formal discussion with the City Commission on May 6, 2014 regarding the results of the neighborhood meeting and further discussions on the transit location.
Rental Registration is the Law of the Land! http://www.lawrenceks.org/lists/archive.php?x=5500
Proposal on new police station gaining steam: How do you feel about the tax implications of a new police station? Would a police station be a good neighbor? Where might a new police headquarters be located? http://m.ljworld.com/news/2014/apr/15/city-keeping-eye-possible-november-election-police/?templates=mobile
New LAN Banner: On April 19, LAN members and neighborhood folks debuted our new colorful LAN banner, and participated in the annual Earth Day parade. We hope to use the banner during future events, parades and outreach. Interested in participating in the LAN outreach subcommittee? Contact Laura Routh, email@example.com
LAN forms committee on economic development, incentives and subsidies: At our April meeting, LAN voted to form a subcommittee to research and consider the City’s activities related to public monies spent on economic development and incentivizing growth. You might ask–why is this a neighborhood issue? Because, LAN believes that it’s important to have quality, living wage jobs in our community so that folks don’t have to commute to other communities for work. We all pay taxes, and some of our tax dollars are spent on economic development and given away as incentives. Are we getting our money’s worth? How can the effectiveness of the city’s efforts be improved? Stay tuned for more on this issue, or come to the May LAN meeting to discuss the subcommittee’s most recent work. Read more about economic development issues:
Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition ( a joint project of LAN and The League of Women Voters): Phase 1 of the City’s recent sidewalk inventory is complete! The City is now looking to add budget numbers. The inventory addressed gaps, ADA, ranks condition; width, depth; addresses, etc. The LPC will hopefully get an update on the map at a future meeting this spring. Learn more about the LPC here: http://www.lawrencewalks.org and https://www.facebook.com/LawrencePedestrians
LPC will meet Wednesday, May 14, at 7 PM, in the basement of Carnegie Building on Vermont Street, downtown. All are welcome!
Update on Pollinator’s Mural: Letter to the editor by Dave Loewenstein in the Journal-World: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/apr/12/letter-cooperative-effort/?letters_to_editor
Neighborhood Updates and Issues
Update from North Lawrence: A NoLaw resident has approached the City to have an area in north Lawrence be recognized as an Inner Neighborhood Commercial district which would open the space for commerce while limiting it’s use to “accommodate pedestrian-oriented, small-scale retail and service businesses that serve nearby residents” (as the code reads). If you have further questions or you’d like to be involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NLIA meetings are held on the second Monday of the month, October through May at 7:00pm at the Peace Mennonite Church, 615 Lincoln Street.
Brook Creek Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/brookcreekneighborhood
Hillcrest Neighborhood Association: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillcrest-Neighborhood-Association/266441853380730
Centennial Neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/centennialneighborhood
East Lawrence Neighborhood Association: ELNA meets the first Monday of each month, from 7-9pm at the New York School library. http://www.eastlawrence.com/about-us/
Old West Lawrence, OWL: http://oldwestlawrence.net
University Place Neighborhood: At their recent neighborhood meeting, UPNA elected two people who will share the responsibility of representing UPNA at LAN. They are Dietrich Earnhart and Mark Douglas. LAN welcomes Dietrich and Mark to LAN, and we thank CJ Brune for her many years of service to her neighborhood, and to LAN!
Pinckney Neighborhood Association: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117029931007/
Here is the City planning department’s neighborhood page: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/neighborhood_information
LAN’s Thursday May 1, 2014 meeting will be held in a NEW location, within the Peoples Bank’s at 745 New Hampshire Street, downtown Lawrence (this is across the street from our usual meeting spot in the Capital City Bank).
Come early, grab a snack or a drink from Sandbar Subs, and join us for a little pre-meeting socializing!
Here is our draft meeting agenda:
- Approval of April meeting minutes
- Treasurer’s report
- Update from City Planning and Development Dept.
- Second Reading and Approval of revised Mission, Goals, By-Laws
- Second Reading and Approval of Code of Conduct
- Possible discussion of 2014 Goals and Formation of Committees
- Discussion and Approval of Letter of Support for HHW (Laura Routh)
- Report from LAN’s Economic Development & Incentives Committee (Kirk McClure)
- Q&A with Voter Education Coalition reps (Scott Criqui & Patrick Wilbur)
- Pedestrian Coalition Update (Laura Routh)
Please join us!
Check out LAN, online, and join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceNeighborhoods