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The City of Lawrence Community Development Division of Planning and Development Services Department will conduct an annual public hearing on its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs with the Community Development Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. in the City Commission Chambers, First Floor, City Hall, 6 East 6th Street, Lawrence, Kansas, 66044. The Public Hearing will include a discussion of the 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) (PDF). Copies of the performance report will be available for review on September 20, 2018, in the Community Development Division offices, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Level 1, Suite 110 and online at . The written comment period for the CAPER will be thirty (30) days from the date of the publication, until October 21, 2018. Written comments may be sent to the Community Development Division, P.O. Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044 or emailed to

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 fee 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.