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Weatherization grants now available to Lawrence homeowners

The City of Lawrence has funds available for weatherizing homes throughout Lawrence. Eligible improvements include attic insulation, storm windows and entry door weather-stripping. In an effort to prepare Lawrence residents for cold weather, the Community Development Division of the Planning and Development Services Department will administer grant money provided through the Community Development Block Grant. The program has an emphasis on weatherization to increase the energy efficiency of eligible homes in Lawrence. Grants for these energy saving improvements do not require repayment. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline for application is 5:00 p.m., August 31, 2018. Grant applications are available in the Development Services Office at 1 Riverfront Plaza, on Level 1, Suite 110 or can be downloaded here.

Downtown Master Plan

Through the City’s strategic planning process, the City Commission identified a priority initiative of creating a Downtown Master Plan. The plan will explore, land use relationships, opportunities for development and redevelopment, programing of public space, landscaping, transportation, infrastructure and streetscape, with a heavy emphasis on cultural and historical resources and activities.

Online Building Permit and Plan Review calculators now available

Online building permit and plan review fee calculators have recently been added to the Planning & Development Services/Development Services building permit web pages. The fee calculators can be found on the residential or commercial building permit web pages.

New 1 & 2 Family Building Permit Guidance Documents for Homeowners

Development Services has recently developed a series of documents that provide code, permitting and inspection guidance to homeowner-occupants for their construction, addition and/or remodeling projects. View the new guidance documents at 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Building Permits.

New Sign Code adopted

On September 5, 2017, the Lawrence City Commission adopted a new Sign Code, which became effective on September 11, 2017. Minor amendments to the new Sign Code were adopted on March 6, 2018 (Ordinance No. 9439). The City of Lawrence Sign Code (Chapter 5-18 of the Lawrence City Code) establishes the goals and purpose for regulation of signs in Lawrence, and sets forth standards for permanent and temporary signs.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing means taking meaningful actions to address significant disparities in housing needs and access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws.
View the 2018 Assessment of Fair Housing and find more information on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

City Policies Supporting Urban Ag

The City of Lawrence has approved a series of policies to support urban agriculture, expanding the ability of residents to produce local, healthy food at home and creating opportunities to pursue commercial production.