Lawrence City Commission to vote on overhaul of incentives policy

After public discontent over the use of economic development incentives by the city, changes to policies governing how incentives are handed out to developers are set to move forward.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will vote on whether to adopt changes to the city’s incentives policy, which include stricter guidelines for their use and, in some circumstances, a financial analysis to determine whether they are indeed needed.

Vice Mayor Leslie Soden said it’s important that projects receiving incentives have a “very obvious community benefit,” such as permanent full-time jobs or affordable housing.

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