City Seeks Pub­lic In­put

LIN­COLN OF­FI­CIALS TO DIS­CUSS LAND USE PLAN

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

LIN­COLN — The city of Lin­coln will host a drop-in meet­ing from 4-7:30 p.m. Tues­day (May 1) at the com­mu­nity build­ing on Lin­coln Square to get pub­lic in­put on a draft fu­ture land use plan and map. Cit­i­zens both in­side and out­side the city lim­its are in­vited to view the draft plan, ask ques­tions and make com­ments about it.

City of­fi­cials and other com­mu­nity lead­ers have been meet­ing monthly since Jan­uary to work on a draft plan with Juliet Richey of Brooks Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture and Plan­ning. Richey served as Washington County’s di­rec­tor of plan­ning for al­most 12 years.

“We want in­put from every­one, not just those liv­ing in­side the city,” Richey said last week. “Lin­coln serves as the hub for quite a bit of un­in­cor­po­rated area in that part of the county.”

Richey said the com­mu­nity build­ing will be set up with in­for­ma­tion pre­sented on easels, maps on ta­bles and sur­veys to fill out. Those meet­ing on the plan have dis­cussed fu­ture land use for cer­tain ar­eas of the city but Richey said she wants the pub­lic also to have a chance to con­sider and draw on the maps their ideas of fu­ture trail, side­walk and street con­nec­tions and fu­ture land use.

Some of the cat­e­gories for fu­ture land use in­clude res­i­den­tial agri­cul­tural/res­i­den­tial es­tates, res­i­den­tial medium den­sity, neigh­bor­hood mixed and his­toric square, light in­dus­trial.

“Ev­ery­thing is still draft at this point,” Richey said.

She said pub­lic in­put is im­por­tant be­cause the land use plan will be used to make de­ci­sions in the fu­ture and also be im­por­tant when it comes to ap­ply­ing for grants.

Richey said the process to work on a draft plan has gone great, as far as she’s con­cerned. She’s been im­pressed by the num­ber of peo­ple en­gaged in the com­mu­nity. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the school, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity, cham­ber and city have par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ings or re­sponded in other ways.

“That’s re­ally pos­i­tive to have in­volve­ment on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els,” Richey said.

The draft plan has evolved from 100 sur­veys filled out by area res­i­dents and the monthly meet­ings.

The mis­sion state­ment says a fu­ture land use plan and map will al­low the city to an­tic­i­pate, en­cour­age and man­age growth and de­vel­op­ment while in­te­grat­ing the city’s unique fea­tures, his­tory and small-town char­ac­ter and im­prov­ing qual­ity of life for cit­i­zens and busi­nesses.

The draft plan has four goals and mul­ti­ple ob­jec­tives on how to reach the goals. The goals are:

Goal 1: Lever­age Lin­coln’s unique char­ac­ter, his­tory and fea­tures to pro­mote growth, rein­vest­ment and a sense of lo­cal pride.

Goal 2: Focus on cre­at­ing ap­pro­pri­ately scaled streets, walk­a­bil­ity, ap­pro­pri­ate ve­hic­u­lar and side­walk con­nec­tions and phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture for ex­ist­ing and fu­ture de­vel­op­ment needs; iden­tify po­ten­tial green spa­ces, recre­ational ar­eas, wa­ter bod­ies and other nat­u­ral re­sources that could po­ten­tially act as green in­fra­struc­ture within the city as it grows and de­vel­ops.

Goal 3: Plan and in­cen­tivize for the growth of a di­ver­si­fied eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment base of res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial, and re­tail busi­ness ex­pan­sion in Lin­coln.

Goal 4: Cre­ate a di­ver­sity of res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment types that serve all sec­tors of the com­mu­nity and as­sure th­ese are in­te­grated ap­pro­pri­ately into the ex­ist­ing fab­ric of the City.

Richey said the sub­com­mit­tee will take com­ments made at the pub­lic in­put meet­ing and de­cide what changes to make in the draft plan. Af­ter that, the plan will go be­fore the Lin­coln Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and Lin­coln City Council for fi­nal ap­proval.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Juliet Richey with Brooks Land­scape Ar­chi­tec­ture and Plan­ning helps city of­fi­cials look over a map of Lin­coln to see how ar­eas may be used in the fu­ture. Fu­ture land uses in­clude his­toric square, mixed use, res­i­den­tial medium den­sity, light in­dus­trial. They also iden­ti­fied pos­si­ble places for trails, side­walks and street con­nec­tions. Meet­ing with Richey are Council mem­bers Doug Moore, Mayor Rob Hulse, Doug Hutchens and Johnny Stow­ers.

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