Mayor Don Wesely today invited residents of Lincoln and Lancaster County to attend one of the initial workshops on the development of a new Comprehensive Plan, a framework for future growth in the city and county. Three meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, January 17 and five more for Thursday, January 18. The current Comprehensive Plan has been revised many times since its 1994 completion, and officials hope to have a new draft plan by the end of 2001.
"These workshops kick off a very ambitious undertaking, and we need to involve as much of the community as possible in this process," said Mayor Wesely. "This is an important opportunity for area residents to learn about the issues and have a role in determining a future vision for our community."
Discussion at the workshops will focus on where the city is now and where citizens want it to be in the future. Workshops are scheduled for:
Wednesday, January 17, 7 to 9 p.m.
"The ideas and comments we receive at these workshops will provide the foundation for our new Comprehensive Plan," said Kathleen Sellman, Director of the City-County Planning Department, the lead local agency working on the project. "We hope these initial workshops will also help us to strengthen our ties to the community for future activities in this important planning process."
The city and county have undertaken several studies to lay groundwork for the development of the new Comprehensive Plan. They include a community attitude survey, the Infrastructure Financing Study, the Stevens Creek Basin Initiative and the creation of natural resource databases on the city-county Geographic Information System (GIS).
Comments on the Comprehensive Plan may also be submitted through the Planning Department on the city’s web site (www.lincoln.ne.gov), which also contains more information on the plan and on the individual studies.
The Mayor, City Council and County Board have appointed a citizen-based Comprehensive Plan Committee to guide the process. The committee includes two members of the City-County Planning Commission, Jon Carlson and Cecil Steward. Other members are Deborah Brehm, Eleanor Francke, Merle Jahde, John Janovy, Brad Korell, Rick Krueger, John Ludden, Melinda Pearson, Bill Siefert, Marva Wasser and Art Zygielbaum.