Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today encouraged the public to participate in a virtual open house and online survey about the future of our community. The City is seeking input on the Lincoln-Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan, which provides the City with a guide for the next 30 years in the areas of land use, economic development, housing, transportation, health, and sustainability. Those interested have until August 31 to visit planforward2050.com.
"How we grow as a community impacts the allocation of city resources and services, location of private investment dollars, housing stock and availability, and overall quality of life," Mayor Gaylor Baird said. "We want your feedback to help inform decisions on how and where Lincoln should grow over the next 30 years."
The virtual event is meant to simulate a traditional open house, with stations focusing on three growth scenarios to the year 2050 and a mix of informative and interactive content. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department works with the community to update the plan every 10 years. Population projections show that Lancaster County is expected to grow by 120,000 residents over the next 30 years, with 90 percent of that growth occurring in Lincoln.
Planning Director David Cary said input will be sought from diverse perspectives across Lincoln, including urban and rural residents, businesses, and non-profits as well as subject matter experts.
The City received public comment at a Plan Forward kickoff event in February. Due to the pandemic, public comments are now being accepted online only.
The PLAN Forward Community Committee includes all nine members of the Lincoln-Lancaster Planning Commission and a wide variety of stakeholders. The process will include public events throughout 2020 and 2021. A final draft of the Plan is expected to go to the Planning Commission, Lancaster County Board and Lincoln City Council for approval in late 2021.