Lawrence discusses affordable housing legislation

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city commissioners have directed staff to respond to legislation that would prohibit local governments from requiring a share of new housing construction to be set aside as affordable.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the measure passed the Kansas Senate on Tuesday. Lawrence city commissioners discussed the bill hours later after a resident asked why the city hadn’t testified in opposition.

Sen. Rob Olson, an Olathe Republican, told The Topeka Capital-Journal that the Kansas Association of Realtors asked that the bill be passed because of discussions in Lawrence about enabling some housing in new subdivisions to be sold at a reduced price.

Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard says there has been no official proposal in Lawrence, although such a policy was mentioned in talks last year about affordable housing.


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