Comprehensive Plan

2050 Plan

PlanForward is the Lincoln-Lancaster County 2050 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan embodies Lincoln and Lancaster County's shared vision for the future, out to the year 2050. The Lincoln-Lancaster County 2050 Comprehensive Plan is a roadmap to “plan forward,” not only in time, but in concept, to envision a community that is Thriving, Livable, Equitable, Innovative, and Resilient. These five themes are found throughout the new Plan and build the long range vision for our One Community.

The development of PlanForward was coordinated with the formulation of the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan, a separate document that is required for the City and County to receive federal transportation funds. The development of the Long Range Transportation Plan and other related activities is undertaken through a separate entity established by the City, the County, and the State called the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (LMPO).

The Comprehensive Plan and LRTP go through a major review and update process every 5 years. The Planning Commission, which is charged by state law with developing the Comprehensive Plan, also reviews the Plan regularly. The Planning Department prepares and submits two documents to the Planning Commission annually to assist with the regular review, a Community Indicators report and a Residential Land Inventory Report.

Please visit the web version of PlanForward oclick the links below to access the PDF files  

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PDF of complete book(PDF, 86MB) - Note large file size



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Cover Page

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Table of Contents
  A.  Public Outreach Summary

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  B.  Equity Subcommittee Report

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  C.  Recommended Growth Scenario 

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  D.  Community Committee Dialogue Reports

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  E.  2050 Demographic Projections

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Project Website (archive)


These amendments have been incorporated into the text

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Amended Pages

Comprehensive Plan Amendment 23001 Table of Contents & Elements    Table of Contents - G and 3.122 thru 3.129
Preliminary Plat 22003  Introduction Printed Pages 1.15 and 1.16(PDF, 4MB)  
Change of Zone 23013   Introduction this amendment has been superceded
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 23002 Introduction this amendment has been superceded
Annexation 23004, Change of Zone 05061F    Introduction this amendment has been superceded
Change of Zone 22036  Introduction   this amendment has been superceded 
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 22006  Introduction   Printed Pages 1.11 and 1.12(PDF, 14MB) 
Change of Zone 22027  Introduction   this amendment has been superceded
Special Permit 22013  Introduction    (PDF, 622KB)this amendment has been superceded 
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 22005    Elements & Implementation    Printed Pages 3.105 & 3.106 and 5.10 & 5.11(PDF, 456KB)  
Change of Zone 22008      Introduction this amendment has been superceded
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 22004  Introduction this amendment has been superceded
Change of Zone 05068H      Introduction this amendment has been superceded
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 22001  Introduction      this amendment has been superceded 
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 22003  Introduction this amendment has been superceded 
Comprehensive Plan Amendment 21003  Introduction      this amendment has been superceded



What is the Comprehensive Plan?

At its most basic, a Comprehensive Plan is a community's common vision of what it hopes to become in the future - the quality of its residential neighborhoods; the places residents live, work, shop and play; the way people and goods move about the urban and rural areas; and the treatment of natural environmental features as development changes the rural landscape.

While American cities and counties have their own separate growth plans, the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County have a unified Comprehensive Plan. City and county officials have long believed the broadest common interests are served when we plan together. This is exemplified not only in a single City-County Comprehensive Plan but also in how the Plan is developed. For example, for more than 50 years a joint City- County Planning Department has overseen a single and unified planning process. This makes it easier to coordinate the entire planning process and to seek resolution to issues of joint concern.

The current City-County Comprehensive Plan (LPlan 2040) was adopted in December 2016. This Plan describes in text, illustrations and maps how the city will grow over the next 24 (and more) years, and how the rural areas and small towns in the county will evolve to meet changing economic, social and environmental conditions.

The Plan serves the needs of both private and public sector development. It depicts where, when and how important government facilities such as roads, utilities, fire stations, schools, parks and libraries should be coordinated and constructed. These public facilities in turn support private sector growth as new neighborhoods, shopping centers, office complexes and manufacturing plants become part of the community.

How is the Comprehensive Plan Developed?

The development of the Plan begins with a review of the existing Plan document. The development of a new Plan involves numerous citizens who contribute their views on the community's future. The Plan's preparation is coordinated through the City-County Planning Commission - a nine-member citizen board appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council and County Board. The Commission's responsibility is to review the draft Plan prepared by the Planning Director, to hold public hearings on the draft Plan and to then make recommendations to the elected boards on the draft Plan and the planning policies it contains. The elected boards receive the Planning Commission's recommendations and then, after conducting their own public hearings, vote to approve, deny or modify the Plan. The Lincoln City Charter does stipulate that the City Council (but NOT the County Board) must have a "super majority vote" (five affirmative votes) to modify or amend the Planning Commission's recommendations.
 The Comprehensive Plan goes through a major review and update process every ten years. In between these major Plan updates are more minor five year updates and other specific reviews of the policies and standards contained in the Plan. Elected and appointed officials, citizens and staff can and do propose amendments between the five year updates. These amendments are processed as they are received and are subjected to a series of public hearings before the Planning Commission, City Council and County Board.
The adopted Comprehensive Plan serves as a formal guide for the hundreds of regulatory decisions made by the city and county each year on land development. It also provides the basis for crafting the multi-year program of capital improvements known as the CIP (Capital Improvement Program).

What does the Comprehensive Plan say about my neighborhood?

The Comprehensive Plan provides a general vision for the future pattern of land uses and development within the city and county. The Plan offers broad guidance regarding the anticipated use of individual properties. However, the Plan does contain some divergent goals and policies that may require more individualized decisions based on the unique aspects of a particular parcel of land and its surroundings.
 In certain instances, the Planning Department or the City's Urban Development Department have also prepared plans for selected subareas or individual neighborhoods. These plans typically are more focused and detailed in offering guidance for development decisions.
While they were not prepared by the City-County Planning Department, the development plans for the other incorporated towns and villages in Lancaster County are available for viewing on this Web site.