The City of Lawrence is currently developing a Downtown Master Plan — a blueprint for improving Downtown Lawrence!

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What is a Downtown Master Plan?

The Downtown Master Plan is a blueprint that will direct growth, investment, and development in the Downtown area over the next 10 years. Extensive public outreach will be conducted throughout the 14-month planning process, and the community’s vision will drive the Plan’s direction and recommendations. Ultimately, the Plan will answer: “What should our Downtown look like in 10 years and how do we get there?”

What are the contents of a Downtown Master Plan?

The Downtown Master Plan will contain several important pieces, including:

  • land use and development framework
  • multimodal transportation plan and parking strategy
  • cultural and historic resources
  • public spaces, streetscape, and landscape infrastructure
  • natural resources
  • implementation program

Collectively, the Plan will provide elected officials and decision-makers with the long-term vision of the Downtown area and the strategies and tools needed to achieve that vision.

Who is involved in creating the Downtown Lawrence Master Plan?

It is critical that all of Lawrence’s stakeholders are involved in the development of the Downtown Lawrence Master Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process in order to craft a common community vision for Lawrence’s future.

We already have other plans. What will happen to those?

Existing plans are an important part of the Downtown Master Plan process. These Plans will inform the Downtown Lawrence Master Plan, and in some cases will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are still consistent with the community’s aspirations.

When will the planning process start and when will the Downtown Lawrence Master Plan be completed?

The planning process began in November 2018 and is estimated to be completed in late 2019.

How can I get involved in the process?

It is important to get involved in all of the Downtown Lawrence Master Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and more information detailing the Downtown Lawrence Master Plan process can be found on the Documents page.