Lawrence’s draft policy on brick streets and sidewalks complete; open house to invite feedback

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A draft of a new policy that aims to balance preservation of Lawrence’s historic brick streets and sidewalks with accessibility and maintenance standards is available for review and feedback.

The policy was created by city staff and a subcommittee to outline how brick streets and sidewalks need to meet accessibility standards, how they may be restored, responsibilities of property owners and more.

Formulating the policy has been an ongoing effort for more than 10 years, according to the city’s website, but “The delay in adopting a formal policy is likely in part due to shifting City priorities and staff turnover,” according to the city’s website. “The 2024 budget process identified the priority to develop a comprehensive Brick Streets and Sidewalk Policy.”

An open house to discuss the draft is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

“Feel free to come and go as you please, learn about the policy development process, and provide public comment on the draft policy,” according to a news release from the city.

Learn more and give your feedback virtually via the city’s website, The city will accept online feedback through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

“While not everyone lives on a brick street or has brick sidewalks abutting their property, most of us have experienced traveling down one and everyone’s voice is welcome in the conversation,” according to the release.

Here’s the draft policy (click here to open it in a new tab):


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