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Downtown Master Plan Workshop: Downtown and Adjacent Neighborhoods

The City of Lawrence is excited to announce the initiation of a planning process to develop a Downtown Master Plan! The Downtown Master Plan will serve as the City’s official guide for land use and development in the Downtown area over the next 15-20 years. It will act as a “road map,” detailing a long-term vision and policy agenda for important issues such as land use, development, beautification, parking, pedestrian mobility, and circulation. Ultimately, the plan will seek to answer, “What will our Downtown look like in the future?” and, “How do we get there?”

The city is working with consulting firm Houseal Lavigne Associates on developing the Downtown Master Plan.

As part of the planning process, the City will host three workshops. The Downtown and Adjacent Neighborhoods Workshop is for people who live in close proximity to Downtown Lawrence, the Community-Wide Workshop is for anyone who lives/works anywhere in the City, and the Downtown Business Workshop is designed to gather feedback from business owners, developers, and members of the Downtown business community. Please note that all three workshops are open to any Lawrence community member who wants to attend to ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide input.

Downtown and Adjacent Neighborhoods Workshop 
Monday, February 4th
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
707 Vermont Street

Community-Wide Workshop
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
707 Vermont Street

Downtown Business Workshop
City Commission Room, City Hall
6 East Sixth Street

Members of the community can also stay active and aware of the Downtown Master Plan project through the project website, which is also accessible from the City’s website. The project website is the primary resource for information regarding the Downtown Master Plan, including meeting announcements, draft documents for review and comment, summaries of public meetings, and online outreach tools. This includes online questionnaires and, an interactive mapping tool that allows you to make your own map of Downtown Lawrence. The website is an important resource for residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to stay engaged throughout the planning process and ensure their voice is heard at each step of the project.

Those interested can sign up to receive email updates by going to the city’s e-news subscription page at this link, entering an email address, checking the Downtown Master Plan topic under Planning & Development, and scrolling to the bottom of the page to click on “subscribe.”

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