Board of Health Update - Dr. Ed Schneider and Bruce Dart, Health Director, came forward to make the presentation. Dr. Schneider gave Common Members a "Time Line" for upcoming Board of Health and Health Department events, which he summarized briefly for them.

Mr. Dart reported that they are taking a new bent on the strategic planning. They are interested in involving the external stakeholders in the community. We want to involve the community in our own planning sessions. We want to find out what the external needs are. It is important that we bring people from the community to the table so we can determine their needs from their perspective. We hope to have the strategic planning almost complete so it will coincide with the April meeting so we can release information at that time.

Comprehensive Plan Status Report - Ms. Kathleen Sellman, Planning Director, and Kent Morgan of the Planning Department made the presentation. Mr. Morgan presented to the Common Members, and reviewed for them, the upcoming Comp Plan schedule of events. This included the meeting schedules for the Mobility and Transportation Task Force, the Comp Plan Committee, and the Comp Plan Subcommittees, including Affordable Housing and SIDs; Residential Density; Rural Development and Farm Policy; and Natural Resources. The schedule also gave times and dates for the Community Workshops, the Governmental Services Information and Idea Exchange, the City-County Planning Commission Hearings and the City Council/County Board Review, Hearing & Action dates.

Mr. Werner asked how much tinkering could be done to the Plan by the Planning Commission and then by the Council and the County Board? He asked what sort of vote it would take to change something that the Planning Commission has done? Mr. Morgan answered that, presumably, the Planning Commission can tinker all they want...since that is their job. The only stipulation beyond that would be the changing by the City Council of anything that the Planning Commission did. That would have to be done through the legal departments involved. He noted that it would take five votes from the City Council Members to change something that the Planning Commission did.

Mr. Werner asked then, if the Planning Commission just threw out that plan and did their own, they can do that? Mr. Morgan stated that they could. Mr. Werner observed that that is a lot of power for non-elected officials.

Ms. Campbell asked if that was by City of Lincoln Charter or by State Statute? Mr. Morgan answered that it was by City Charter. He stated that it had been set up probably 25-30 years ago. Ms. Campbell stated that the County is probably bound by State Statute where the City Council is bound by the Charter. At some point, some Charter Revision Committee must have made that determination.

Ms. Seng asked the time of the Comp Plan Committee meetings. Mr. Morgan answered that the Comp Plan Committee typically meets at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays. They are usually held in either the Mayor's Conference Room or here in Conference Room 113.

Mr. Cook asked if the County Board and the City Council have to concur completely on the Plan, entirely. If one entity prefers to include something and the other does not, we have to reach some sort of compromise, is that right? Mr. Morgan stated that that is not necessarily so. He noted that the Planning Department would encourage them to do that, but, technically, there are two separate documents designed to look like one. That's been a tradition going back many decades.

Mr. Cook asked if the County Board adopted a different Plan, would their scope of influence be outside the City limits - outside the Three Mile Limit. Mr. Morgan stated that that was correct, though, there would obviously be some over-lap. Mr. Cook asked if such disagreements had ever occurred? Mr. Morgan noted that we have always been able to resolve any differences.

Mr. Morgan continued his presentation. He explained to the Common Members the Urban Growth Tiers. He outlined the growth pattern options being considered and their time frames.

Tier One: 25 year planning areas; Tier Two: 25-50 year; Tier Three: Undesignated time frame for the City. The Comp Plan Committee added an area north and west of "O" Street and an area south to the Beltway. This adds about 3+ square miles. We now have about 30 square miles (flood plain included) of area and 23 square miles (excluding flood plain) of developable area.

Mr. Werner asked how the 2nd Tier of the Plan could be offering direction to elected officials when it is so huge - it's just wide open. Mr. Morgan stated that it offers direction in some degree because it establishes directionality of the growth. Secondly, it also gives the utility companies some guidance as they determine their 50 year plans. The 25 Yr/25-50 Yr/Unlimited would give them at least a general idea to build on. Common Members requested updated maps to show this new configuration.

Mr. Cook asked how large the Tier 2 was. Mr. Morgan answered that it covered between 47-49 square miles....a very substantial area. Mr. Cook noted that northwest Lincoln seemed to be lacking in Tier 2 area and asked the basis for that. Mr. Morgan stated that after the Committee had been given several different options their feeling was, given the magnitude and the number of acres per square mile to be added in looking at developing this area, there wasn't a need to show additional development there. The growth pattern outlined gave sufficient area in the 25-50 year time horizon for the projected growth, and still provided some directionality in all City parameters.

Mr. Cook thought, in order to give better direction, instead of having such a large Tier 2 area, perhaps that should be a phased proposal as well. Mr. Morgan stated that that had been discussed and will be considered.

Board of Health Update - Dr. Ed Schneider and Bruce Dart, Health Director, came forward to make the presentation. Dr. Schneider gave Common Members a "Time Line" for upcoming Board of Health and Health Department events, which he summarized briefly for them.

Mr. Dart reported that they are taking a new bent on the strategic planning. They are interested in involving the external stakeholders in the community. We want to involve the community in our own planning sessions. We want to find out what the external needs are. It is important that we bring people from the community to the table so we can determine their needs from their perspective. We hope to have the strategic planning almost complete so it will coincide with the April meeting so we can release information at that time.

Comprehensive Plan Status Report - Ms. Kathleen Sellman, Planning Director, and Kent Morgan of the Planning Department made the presentation. Mr. Morgan presented to the Common Members, and reviewed for them, the upcoming Comp Plan schedule of events. This included the meeting schedules for the Mobility and Transportation Task Force, the Comp Plan Committee, and the Comp Plan Subcommittees, including Affordable Housing and SIDs; Residential Density; Rural Development and Farm Policy; and Natural Resources. The schedule also gave times and dates for the Community Workshops, the Governmental Services Information and Idea Exchange, the City-County Planning Commission Hearings and the City Council/County Board Review, Hearing & Action dates.

Mr. Werner asked how much tinkering could be done to the Plan by the Planning Commission and then by the Council and the County Board? He asked what sort of vote it would take to change something that the Planning Commission has done? Mr. Morgan answered that, presumably, the Planning Commission can tinker all they want...since that is their job. The only stipulation beyond that would be the changing by the City Council of anything that the Planning Commission did. That would have to be done through the legal departments involved. He noted that it would take five votes from the City Council Members to change something that the Planning Commission did.

Mr. Werner asked then, if the Planning Commission just threw out that plan and did their own, they can do that? Mr. Morgan stated that they could. Mr. Werner observed that that is a lot of power for non-elected officials. Ms. Campbell asked if that was by City of Lincoln Charter or by State Statute? Mr. Morgan answered that it was by City Charter. He stated that it had been set up probably 25-30 years ago. Ms. Campbell stated that the County is probably bound by State Statute where the City Council is bound by the Charter. At some point, some Charter Revision Committee must have made that determination.

Ms. Seng asked the time of the Comp Plan Committee meetings. Mr. Morgan answered that the Comp Plan Committee typically meets at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays. They are usually held in either the Mayor's Conference Room or here in Conference Room 113.

Mr. Cook asked if the County Board and the City Council have to concur completely on the Plan, entirely. If one entity prefers to include something and the other does not, we have to reach some sort of compromise, is that right? Mr. Morgan stated that that is not necessarily so. He noted that the Planning Department would encourage them to do that, but, technically, there are two separate documents designed to look like one. That's been a tradition going back many decades.

Mr. Cook asked if the County Board adopted a different Plan, would their scope of influence be outside the City limits - outside the Three Mile Limit. Mr. Morgan stated that that was correct, though, there would obviously be some over-lap. Mr. Cook asked if such disagreements had ever occurred? Mr. Morgan noted that we have always been able to resolve any differences.

Mr. Morgan continued his presentation. He explained to the Common Members the Urban Growth Tiers. He outlined the growth pattern options being considered and their time frames.

Tier One: 25 year planning areas; Tier Two: 25-50 year; Tier Three: Undesignated time frame for the City. The Comp Plan Committee added an area north and west of "O" Street and an area south to the Beltway. This adds about 3+ square miles. We now have about 30 square miles (flood plain included) of area and 23 square miles (excluding flood plain) of developable area.

Mr. Werner asked how the 2nd Tier of the Plan could be offering direction to elected officials when it is so huge - it's just wide open. Mr. Morgan stated that it offers direction in some degree because it establishes directionality of the growth. Secondly, it also gives the utility companies some guidance as they determine their 50 year plans. The 25 Yr/25-50 Yr/Unlimited would give them at least a general idea to build on. Common Members requested updated maps to show this new configuration.

Mr. Cook asked how large the Tier 2 was. Mr. Morgan answered that it covered between 47-49 square miles....a very substantial area. Mr. Cook noted that northwest Lincoln seemed to be lacking in Tier 2 area and asked the basis for that. Mr. Morgan stated that after the Committee had been given several different options their feeling was, given the magnitude and the number of acres per square mile to be added in looking at developing this area, there wasn't a need to show additional development there. The growth pattern outlined gave sufficient area in the 25-50 year time horizon for the projected growth, and still provided some directionality in all City parameters.

Mr. Cook thought, in order to give better direction, instead of having such a large Tier 2 area, perhaps that should be a phased proposal as well. Mr. Morgan stated that that had been discussed and will be considered.

Mr. Werner noted that currently we build in the flood plain, with limitations, and asked if there would be a recommendation made that we not do that? If that doesn't happen, will it revert back to 20 square miles? Mr. Morgan answered that the difficulty they're having right now is that there is a separate group that is looking specifically at that policy and they're doing some background research, but won't have their recommendations available for another six to seven months. So, we had to make some assumptions as to where we would be. What we've determined is that for purposes of long range planning, if it's zoned, it will stay there; but we will not introduce any new uses into the flood plain until we have a firm policy. Mr. Werner asked if the plan would be revisited then in six months, noting that this is a fairly significant issue in terms of the intent of the Committee. Mr. Morgan agreed that it certainly influences the amount of land included in the Tiers of the Plan. He noted that, particularly when we get into Commercial/Industrial, there is a desire to make sure that that land is NOT in the flood plain. So, even if we do use the flood plain for some uses, we want to make sure that we have adequate areas for industrial expansion which is outside of the flood plain.

Mr. Workman asked if the proposed moratorium on acreages lies in Tier 1 or Tier 2. Mr. Morgan asked what was meant by "moratorium". Mr. Workman explained that he thought there had been a proposal that there would be no acreages planned in certain areas. Mr. Morgan stated that the issue had been land within the three-mile area and whether further development of acreages, outside of those already designated, should be provided for. There was no outright ban, but development would be limited to those areas that are designated to acreage development now. Acreages would not be encouraged, certainly, so that as the City expands, they wouldn't encounter some of the difficulties that have arisen when working with acreages currently. But, it is not really a "moratorium".

Mr. Mike DeKalb noted that really the point of one of the sub-committees is to take a closer look at the issue of acreages in both the Three-Mile and the Tiers 1, 2 and 3 of the Plan.

Mr. Hudkins noted that the Rural Development Farm Policy Committee is looking at a higher density than the current twenty-acre rule allows. Now, they're considering going to 40-80 acres. Have they gotten the County or City Attorneys' opinion as to what State Law says regarding the rights to declare 20 acres a farm? Has that issue been solved? Mr. Morgan did not know. Ms. Sellman stated that they would be working with Kerry Eagan to put together a formal opinion request to the Attorneys to get that in writing, so we have it in an officially stated policy.

Mr. Hudkins stated that he thought it had already been requested. Ms. Sellman noted that it has been discussed, but we have not, in writing, requested that official written policy so there will be no doubt of where we stand. Mr. Eagan stated that he would write that opinion request and coordinate that with Planning and any other Commissioners who have questions.

Ms. Campbell asked if they were still following the Stevens Creek Task Force recommendations on acreages. Mr. Morgan replied that they absolutely were.

Mr. Morgan concluded his remarks by stating that there is a working draft of the Commercial Industrial proposal included in the Common Members materials. He noted that they would probably come up with a policy that is both flexible, but also lends some predictability as we try to decide Industrial/Commercial entities in the Plan. If you have questions, let me know.

Mr. Morgan explained the work which the Mobility and Transportation Task Force was involved in. He stated that all alternate designations are aimed at all of the roadway expansion. It includes the Interstate Expansion; the Beltway; the Four-Lanes of "O" Street, both East and West; Antelope Valley....all of those which will be included regardless of the alternative chosen. Other roadways are being considered within alternate options as well.

Mr. Werner commented that this is the Transportation Plan and all he saw was the automobile portion being addressed. He wanted to know if alternate transportation issues would be addressed. Mr. Morgan stated that they would be, including StarTran & bike trails.

Mr. Camp commented that, as we look at long-term growth, we need to address the issue of Wilderness Park, noting that we are getting a very long North/South pattern of growth. He asked if there was any information to be shared on that problem. Mr. Morgan stated that one of the options would be an over-pass with a bridging of the park on the Yankee Hill Road corridor. It is in the current Plan for study.

Discussion of January 2002 Common Schedule The discussion ensued from the concern that Mr. Bernie Heier would not be able to attend the January Common Meeting if were held on the regularly scheduled date of January 8th. After discussion, it was agreed, in order to accommodate the schedules of several Common Members, to move the meeting to Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 8:15 a.m. - Conference Room 113.

OLD BUSINESS - None

NEW BUSINESS - None

ADJOURNMENT - Mr. Camp called for adjournment. The request was seconded and Mr. Camp declared adjournment at 10:04 a.m.

Submitted by
Joan V. Ray
Council Secretary

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