Long Range Planning

Updated Information as of July 9,2014

reFORM: Zoning reFORMs for a New Chapter of City Building

An exciting wave of new development in Lincoln's core area, overcoming the lingering uncertainties of the global economic recession, has energized the entire community, creating a new layer of activity, of interesting places, and new options for living, working, shopping and recreating.

This wave of new development is fulfilling the promise for the core area that has been laid out for many years in the City's Comprehensive Plan. But the latest edition of that plan also contains a new promise - that this energy, which takes the form of taller, denser, mixed-use development, can ripple out from the core area to revitalize and enhance other parts of the City.

The reFORM proposal lays out a set of objectives and strategies for reFORMing the City's zoning code. It includes proposals to encourage this next potential layer of City development while remaining sensitive to the needs of existing neighborhoods for stability and protection.

Below are three updated documents that provide summarized visual and detailed information on the reFORM package of proposals. Please review this information, provide your comments through the comment board below or by contacting the Planning staff.



Index of Proposed Changes




Areas where proposed commercial design standards WOULD apply

Areas where proposed commercial design standards WOULD NOT apply

Next Steps

Over the next several months, Planning staff will conduct outreach efforts to stakeholders to receive comments and answer questions from the public on the latest version of the package of proposals. The reFORM Advisory Committee was reconvened to review feedback received on the updated proposal. Later this year, meetings will be held with impacted property owners, with the intention to proceed with a package, including any necessary adjustments, for approval by the Planning Commission and the City Council.
Click HERE to see a list of the 2014 meeting dates, along with links to any agendas and presentations.

reFORM Committees

The reFORM Committees met from October - December 2013 to consider the reFORM package of proposals for commercial design standards and zoning changes. Click HERE to see a list of the 2013 meeting dates and the members, along with links to the agendas and presentations.

Comment Board

Please provide us your Comments on the Draft reFORM Objectives and Strategies.