City of Lawrence seeks input to develop brick streets and sidewalks policy; open house coming up

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The City of Lawrence wants community feedback as staff members look to develop a policy on maintenance, restoration and preservation of brick streets and sidewalks.

City staff members and members of the Multimodal Transportation Commission’s Brick Streets and Sidewalks subcommittee will hold an open house this week to discuss community values, according to a news release from the city.

The policy will also consider standards for reconstruction of brick streets and sidewalks, according to the release.

“The Brick Streets + Sidewalks policy should reflect the community’s values and priorities, as well as have attainable and practical implementation strategies for the City of Lawrence,” according to the project website. “The Transportation Planning division will lead the public engagement process and staff a subcommittee of community stakeholders.”

Formulating a policy has been an ongoing effort since 2013, according to the website, but “The delay in adopting a formal policy is likely in part due to shifting City priorities and staff turnover,” according to the website. “The 2024 budget process identified the priority to develop a comprehensive Brick Streets and Sidewalk Policy.”

“Although the history on the subject provides good context for past community feedback, a full public process will be facilitated through the drafting of this policy,” the website states.

The proposed timeline is to have the policy completed by the third quarter of this year, according to the website.

The open house is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St.

There will also be an online values survey available from Thursday, April 4 through Friday, April 19. Updates, upcoming meeting dates and more will be posted on the city’s website at lawrenceks.org/brick.

The Brick Streets and Sidewalks subcommittee is set to meet four times during the six-month policy development process, according to the website.

Here’s the recording of the first meeting of the subcommittee:

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