Bill aims to block Lawrence from adopting ‘inclusionary’ zoning laws

Lawrence Assistant City Manager Casey Toomay told Kansas lawmakers Thursday that the city should be able to decide for itself what kind of zoning laws and affordable housing programs would best fit the city’s needs.

“If anyone knows anything about the city of Lawrence, we’re known for being a community that loves process,” Toomay said before the House Commerce Labor and Economic Development Committee. “We would not and do not adopt any local provision without a healthy public process which may include engaging various stakeholders throughout the community that have a stake or issue related to affordable housing.”

Toomay testified against passage of Senate Bill 366, which would prohibit cities from enacting price controls on the sale or purchase of residential or commercial property. That would include what are often called “inclusionary zoning” laws, which are aimed at promoting affordable housing and mixed-income neighborhoods.

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