Mayor Don Wesely today signed the south and east beltway amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, officially identifying the beltway corridors and establishing the projects.
"This is a historic day for Lincoln. I take great pride in signing these beltway Comprehensive Plan amendments," said Mayor Wesely. "The beltway decision was one in a series of landmark decisions that Lincoln will wrestle with as we plan for the future of Lincoln in completing the Comprehensive Plan. Difficult choices and important opportunities face the community as we update our Plan. I can't stress enough its importance. It impacts all of us living in Lincoln and Lancaster County."
Some of the remaining issues specifically facing the city include such potentially controversial topics as the environment, including floodplain development and locating future parks; the locations of big employment centers; where and when to build infrastructure and how to pay for it; and road improvements in older areas.
"These types of issues require a lot of thought and discussion by the community so we can develop a consensus and make the best choices possible," Wesely said. "It's best to start thinking about these issues now. We've got a great city, and the Comprehensive Plan is being developed to make our future even brighter." "We've had a lot of changes since the 1994 Comprehensive Plan was adopted," said Planning Director Kathleen Sellman. "That plan took seven years to complete. There have been a lot of changes since the late 1980s,and this gives us a chance to assess where we are now, see where we want to be in 25 years and identify what it's going to take to make that happen."
Sellman said that the Comprehensive Plan will help guide private investment and public expenditures, assist in determining where new roads should be built and help in the efficient spending of public dollars. The city is on a schedule to complete rewriting the Comprehensive Plan by January 2002. The Mayor urged the citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County to have their opinions heard by attending one of the remaining Comprehensive Plan Public Workshops, which include presentations on three possible future plans. Two workshops were held yesterday, and three more are slated for today: