Long Range Planning

reFORM: Zoning reFORMs for a New Chapter of City Building

An exciting wave of new development in Lincoln's core area, overcoming the lingering uncertainties of the global economic recession, has energized the entire community, creating a new layer of activity, of interesting places, and new options for living, working, shopping and recreating.

This wave of new development is fulfilling the promise for the core area that has been laid out for many years in the City's Comprehensive Plan. But the latest edition of that plan also contains a new promise - that this energy, which takes the form of taller, denser, mixed-use development, can ripple out from the core area to revitalize and enhance other parts of the City.

The reFORM document lays out a set of objectives and strategies for reFORMing the City's zoning code. It includes proposals to encourage this next potential layer of City development while remaining sensitive to the needs of existing neighborhoods for stability and protection.

Draft Report

Draft Report, May 2013
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  1. reMOVE Zoning Barriers
  2. reESTABLISH a Sense of Place in our Commercial Centers
  3. reINFORCE Landscape/Screening Requirements
  4. reALIGN Zoning Map with Development Goals
  5. Change Items Resulting from Feedback and Further Consideration

reFORM Committees

The reFORM Committees met from October-December 2013 to consider the reFORM package of proposals for commercial design standards and zoning changes. The Design Standards Subcommittee reviewed the proposed new design standards for commercial/mixed-use projects in Chapter 2 of the report. The Zoning Barriers Subcommittee reviewed the proposals to "remove zoning barriers" in Chapter 1 of the report.

Design Standards Subcommittee

* Joint meeting with Zoning Barriers Subcommittee.

  • Pat Anderson
  • Cathy Beecham
  • Jon Carlson
  • Curt Donaldson
  • Tim Gergen
  • Dave Johnson
  • JoAnne Kissel
  • Rick Krueger
  • Don Linscott
  • Sam Manzitto, Jr.
  • Michelle Penn
  • Dennis Scheer
  • Scott Sullivan
  • Lynn Sunderman
  • Zachary White
  • Derek Zimmerman

Zoning Barriers Subcommittee

  • Cathy Beecham
  • Jon Carlson
  • Michael Cornelius
  • Mike Eckert
  • Tim Gergen
  • Dave Johnson
  • DaNay Kalkowski
  • Dan Klein
  • Rick Krueger
  • Jeanelle Lust
  • W. Don Nelson
  • Patte Newman

Comment Board

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Request a Presentation on reFORM to your Organization

If you would like Planning Department staff to give a presentation to your group or organization on the reFORM Objectives and Strategies, please email the Planning Department and request that staff attend your next meeting.