Lawrence boards approve new guidelines limiting bedrooms, parking in homes near KU

Two city boards unanimously approved new design guidelines for the Oread neighborhood Monday, though rental property owners in the area said the rules would make home renovation unappealing.

The Oread Neighborhood Design Gudelines, a 132-page document, outlines in detail how architecture, landscaping and parking should look with new projects or redevelopments to keep with the neighborhood’s historic character. But much of the hours-long conversation Monday focused on two fine points: stacked parking and zoning that would limit the number of residents in each home.

Paul Werner, of Paul Werner Architects, and Matthew Gough, an attorney representing multiple rental property owners in the neighborhood, said the changes would stymie renovations of historic homes.

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