The City is updating the Municipal Code to establish standards and requirements for facilities that are offered as alternatives to imprisonment. The public is invited to comment online or at an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 25. A discussion draft of the requirements is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: transitional living). The site also includes draft zoning changes and a public hearing schedule.
The City is proposing to rename "alternative to imprisonment" facilities as "transitional living" facilities. These homes are designed to help individuals transition into society when they are released from prison, on pre-release or work-release, or taking part in similar programs. Transitional living facilities are currently allowed primarily by special permit, but with no specific conditions. The draft regulations include standards for permitting, density, spacing, parking, design standards, and signs.
Comments will be accepted online through September 15. The public is invited to participate in the open house in person or through video conferencing. The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers, first floor of the City-County Building, 555 S. 10th St. Videoconference attendees must register by noon August 25 by sending an email to Rachel Jones, Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The open house will begin with a presentation by Planning Department staff, followed by a question and answer session.
For more information on the proposed standards and open house, contact Jones by email or at 402-441-7603. For more information about the Planning Department, visit planning.lincoln.ne.gov.