Frequently Asked Questions

What is LPlan 2040?

LPlan 2040 is the 2040 Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan goes through a major update every ten years. The last major update resulted in the 2025 Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan and was adopted in 2002. Minor updates are conducted in the interim, with the current 2030 Comprehensive Plan being the result of a 2006 update effort. This current Plan looks out to the year 2040.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a community's common vision of what it wants to be like in the future. Such plans typically look twenty to thirty years in the future. Comprehensive plans deal mostly with the physical characteristics of a city or a county. They contain the vision and plans a community needs to guide future changes. These plans illustrate where tomorrow's homes, schools, parks, shopping areas, employment centers, and other uses will be located and how they will develop. They often show natural and environmentally sensitive areas a community may want to preserve and enhance for its children and grandchildren.

What is in a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan typically includes plans and policies for the following:

  • Goals for the future
  • Future land use patterns
  • Housing needs
  • Transportation improvements
  • Future schools and parks
  • Future community facilities
  • Public utilities
What is a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)?

A Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) fulfills the requirements of the Federal Transportation planning process by describing the transportation needs of a community for at least 20 years. The LRTP is guided by the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

The plan must consider the full complement of transportation modes – roads, bicycles, pedestrians, trails, transit, parking, railroads and airports. In Lincoln and Lancaster County. The LRTlP is consistent with the Transportation chapter of the Comprehensive Plan, but provides a greater level of detail regarding projects and financial information.

The LRTP describes an evolving local transportation system built upon the Comprehensive Plan vision. It presents the transportation improvements that will be needed today and in the future to help move people and goods about the community.

What is in an LRTP?

The LRTP typically plans for and includes the following:

  • Principles and Objectives
  • Pedestrian System
  • Bicycles and Trails
  • Public Transit
  • Parking
  • Urban and Rural Roads
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Systems Management
  • Railroads
  • Airports
  • Goods and Freight Movement
  • Financial Analysis
What were the various stages of the comprehensive planning process?

Developing a Comprehensive Plan and a Long Range Transportation Plan requires a tremendous effort by many people. This effort was broken down into three major stages:

The first stage - Background

This stage of the process aimed at gaining a common understanding of the internal and external forces that formed the foundation for both the potential opportunities and constraints that the community will face in the future.

The second stage - Growth Scenarios

In this stage, the LPlan 2040 Advisory Committee and the public provided input on growth scenarios -- sketches of general plans developed from potential futures -- which helped analyze issues such as transportation, utilities, land use, environment and growth.

The growth scenarios and analysis formed the basis for decisions about future growth and land-uses and for the development of a draft Comprehensive Plan and LRTP.

The third stage - The Plan

At this stage, a draft plan was developed and made available for public review hearings as part of the formal adoption process by appointed and elected officials.

Who guided the LPlan 2040 process?

The LPlan 2040 process was guided by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department in coordination with a citizen advisory committee consisting of members from the City-County Planning Commission and other community representatives. The committee made recommendations to the Mayor and Planning Commission.

The transportation element is being guided by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The MPO Technical Committee, comprised of staff from the City, County and State, will provide technical support and guidance, while the MPO Officials Committee acted on the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in December 2011.

Following the recommendations of the LPlan Advisory Committee, a draft Comprehensive Plan and LRTP had formal public hearings before the Planning Commission.

The LRTP was presented to the MPO Officials Committee for adoption in December and was subsequently accepted by the State and Federal agencies.

Next, a joint public hearing on the Comprehensive Plan was held by the City Council and County Board, and LPlan 2040 was adopted by both bodies in October 2011.