Mayor Don Wesely said today’s final approval of the new Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan is an important step forward for the community. In separate meetings, both the Lancaster County Board and the Lincoln City Council unanimously approved the Plan.
"We now have a common vision for the future growth of our community, a plan to ensure that our high quality of life will continue," said Mayor Wesely. "This document is the result of much discussion and hard work, not just by local government entities, but also by many members of the public. Many citizens recognized the importance of the Comprehensive Plan and became involved in the process. I appreciate the dedication of everyone involved."
The Plan also supported the creation of affordable, quality housing in all areas of the community and the addition of about 10 to12 square miles in the Stevens Creek Basin to the city’s 25-year growth plan.
"The key to adding land in the Comprehensive Plan for development is infrastructure financing -- adopting impact fees to help pay for the new sewers, streets and utilities," said Wesely. "Maintaining services in existing neighborhoods is a priority. Establishing a solid infrastructure financing system will allow us to do that by having growth pay its fair share."
The development of the new Comprehensive Plan officially began with community workshops in January 2001, although several projects had been undertaken earlier to lay some groundwork. They included a community attitude survey, the Infrastructure Financing Study, the Stevens Creek Basin Initiative. The Mayor had also appointed a citizen-based Comprehensive Plan Committee in August 2000.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission unanimously approved the Plan April 3. The unanimous votes by the County Board and City Council were preceded by joint public hearings on the Plan May 8 and 22.