Chapter 16 – Environment (CPA-2008-07)

The Comprehensive Plans Committee (CPC), in conjunction with Planning Staff has been working through a process to draft a new chapter in Horizon 2020 concerning environmental issues. Stakeholders and the public will be asked to participate in the process throughout the development of the chapter. A project timeline, as well as meeting notes and draft language can be found below.

The Planning Commission voted to approve (vote 8-1-1) the proposed chapter at their August 23rd, 2010 meeting. The Lawrence City Commission and the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners held a joint study session on March 8th, 2011 to discuss the proposed chapter. The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners held a meeting on the proposed chapter on April 13, 2011 and voted 2-1 to approve the chapter. The Lawrence City Commission will consider the proposed chapter at their June 7th, 2011 meeting to be held at 6:35pm in the City Commission Room.

The PC Approved Draft can be viewed by clicking the link below. The file is rather large so you may find it easier to download it by “Right clicking” on the link for the plan and selecting “Save Target As” to save the file to a location on your hard drive. You can then access the file from your hard drive after it has downloaded. Questions and comments are encouraged and welcome at any point during the process. Please direct questions and comments to Amy Miller at 832-3166 or at

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The CPC has adopted the following mission statement as they work through the development of the environmental chapter:
Identify environmental resources present in Douglas County, and draft goals, policies and strategies to support protection, conservation, and management of these resources in the context of development activity, planning, and government operations, to achieve a livable, vibrant, and healthy community.