LAN June 2014 Newsletter
Greetings Neighborhood Folks! Hope all are enjoying a relaxing summer, so far! There is a lot going on in the neighborhoods, and at City Hall. City Budget planning season is well underway, and there are quite a few big development projects under discussion. As always, neighborhoods are busy with events and organizing. Read more about it, here:
NOTE: The JULY LAN MEETING will be held on July 10!
Due to the Independence Day Holiday, LAN’s July meeting will be held July 10, 2014. Topics to be discussed include a recent neighborhood study undertaken by KU, and also a visit from Police Chief Tarik Khatib, regarding the proposal for a new police headquarters.
LAN will meet at 7 PM, July 10, 2014, in the Peoples Bank conference room at Sandbar Subs, 745 New Hampshire Street, downtown Lawrence.
Updates from City Hall
2015 Budget: Do you have an opinion on the City’s 2015 budget? How do you want to see your tax dollars spent? Send your comments to City leaders, using this link:http://www.lawrenceks.org/budget/feedback
PDS Update for LAN: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/pds/devservices/LAN/2014/ds_LAN_june_2014.pdf
Horizon 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Process: City and county officials want to hear your opinion on how Lawrence and the surrounding parts of Douglas County should grow. Please share your opinions with City leaders regarding the current comprehensive plan revisions underway: The Survey will be online through August 1: http://lawrenceks.org/2020survey There is one upcoming H202 public meeting pending: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 16, 2014 Dreher Family 4-H Building, Douglas County Fairgrounds. You can read minutes, view meeting videos, and learn more about the H2020 plan revision process, here: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/horizon-2020-update-process
Update on Rental Registration and Inspection:http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/rental-licensing
Proposed Developments and planning submittals: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/building-permits/map
Project ElderCool – Assistance Available: Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging (JAAA) is excited to announce Project ElderCool. Do you know of a person 60 years of age or older that is living without any air condition? JAAA is providing window air condition units to those 60 and older that qualify. Please contact April Maddox or Betty Wade at 1-800-798-1366 for more information.
Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition:
The City’s updated sidewalk inventory is done! Check it out, here: http://lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/ss/2014/06-17-14/Attachment%20C_Sidewalk%20Inventory%20Memo.html and http://lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/ss/2014/06-17-14/Sidewalk%20Memo.html The LPC recently participated in a community forum hosted by the Bicycle Advisory Board, to discuss the possibility of a joint task force to address pedestrian issues. The BAC will be drafting a request for City officials, and LAN will discuss that request at the July meeting. If you have an opinion about such a task force, please communicate with your LAN representative before the July 10 LAN meeting. A recent LJW Editorial speaks out against sidewalk funding: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jun/22/editorial-its-process/
The LJW reports on estimated costs: http://m.ljworld.com/news/2014/jun/16/new-city-hall-report-estimates-it-will-take-tens-m/?templates=mobile
Update from the MPO on pedestrian and bicycle issues: http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2014/07-01-14/pl_multimodal_studies_staff_memo.html
Downtown convention center proposal announced; incentives likely sought: http://m.ljworld.com/news/2014/jun/24/conference-center-plans-underway-downtown-lawrence/?templates=mobile
Development Along the SLT expands: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jun/25/plans-major-retail-development-heating-southern-no/
Update on Oread-Area Apartment Proposal: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jun/24/committee-fails-make-recommendation-tax-incentives/
Comments sought on Police Facility:
The community is encouraged to comment on location choices for police facility. The City Commission discussed the possibility of building a new police headquarters facility to house the Lawrence Police Department, and, at the June 3 City Commission meeting, Commissioners asked for a way for the public to review the four sites considered as the best available sites for a new facility. The city has placed a comment form online with site information. The city encourages the public to leave comments about the facility selection process and/or general public discussion about the need for a new police facility. http://www.lawrenceks.org/police-facility-comment
Neighborhood Updates and Issues
Find your local neighborhood association contacts here: http://lawrenceks.org/pds/neighborhoodcontacts Check neighborhood associations out, online, here:
Brook Creek: https://www.facebook.com/brookcreekneighborhood
East Lawrence: http://www.eastlawrence.com and https://www.facebook.com/eastlawrence Lawrence Arts Center representatives are expected to talk about the ArtPlace grant at the next East Lawrence Neighborhood Association meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 7 at Van Go Inc., 715 New Jersey St.
Oread Resident’s Association: http://oreadresidents.org
If your neighborhood is not listed here, but you think it should be, please contact us!
A look back at Neighborhood history! Thanks, East Lawrence NA, for catching this! http://m.ljworld.com/news/2014/jun/19/40-years-ago-more-neighborhood-associations-spring/?templates=mobile
Update on Pollinator’s Mural: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Pollinators-mural/282780688543284
Openings on City Advisory Boards: Help make sure that neighborhoods are represented in City governance! Consider serving today! If you submit your name for an advisory board position, please let the LAN Chair know so that we can share your name with the Mayor. http://www.lawrenceks.org/boards/vacancies