Citizen participation vital to Lincoln's updating of Comprehensive Plan
by Elsie Hodnett
Jan 02, 2014 | 476 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LINCOLN - The city is planning to update the city’s Long Range Comprehensive Plan, zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations in the coming months.

“To assist us with the process, we have partnered with Epiphany Collaboration, LLC, an organization of community planners, economic developers and other experts who will guide us through these updates,” Lincoln Mayor Bud Kitchin said.

Kitchin said Lincoln is on the cusp of a new surge of development and that city leaders and residents must work together to ensure the city achieves the quality development desired.

“The first phase of the process will be an update of the Comprehensive Plan, and a vitally important part of the plan is citizen participation,” he said. “One form this participation will take is that of citizen-based committees to review specific topics affecting municipal growth and development. These committees will recommend goals to be set to support and move these issues forward.”

Kitchin said topics to be covered include transportation, environment, economic development, healthcare, utilities, historic downtown, recreation/senior activities and tourism.

“We hope residents will seriously consider volunteering their time to serve on one of the committees to be formed around those topics,” he said.

Kitchin said there is an information meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the City Hall Council Chambers.

“During this meeting you may ask questions of our consultants and pick up a volunteer form,” he said. “Volunteer forms will also be made available on the city’s website or you may pick one up at City Hall at any time.”

Kitchin said the deadline for submitting the volunteer form is Feb. 13.

“The kick-off meeting for all committees will be Feb. 27 and, once formed, the committees will meet once per month for 4-5 months,” he said.

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