Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Director Kathleen Sellman today announced the beginning of a major new study to prepare a conceptual plan for the Stevens Creek Basin area east of Lincoln. The process will result in a planning framework for the 52-square-mile area, which will then be integrated into the city's long-range Comprehensive Plan.
"It is critical that Lincoln and Lancaster County start now to plan for the future of Stevens Creek," Sellman told the City Council at a morning briefing. "We recognize that as a growing community, Lincoln faces many challenges regarding urbanization. It is important that we act in a prudent and thoughtful fashion to decide how the Stevens Creek area fits into the community's overall long-term growth objectives."
"This is an exciting beginning to a long-awaited planning effort," said Mayor Don Wesely. "My administration firmly supports the Planning Department's efforts in this area. By moving ahead now, we can have a responsible plan for the future of Stevens Creek which includes the protection of natural areas and green way corridors. We also need to plan for other potential land uses that a growing community needs."
The Basin in bordered roughly by 84th Street on the west, Highway 2 on the south and Salt Creek near I-80 on the north. The jagged eastern edge is generally in the area of 148th Street.
This study will include the identification of key planning issues, the formulation of development goals and a consensus process to prepare the conceptual plan. The large-scale public involvement effort to ensure that all sectors of the community are part of the process will begin with an initial mailing about the study to all current land owners in the Stevens Creek area. A citizens committee, which will include residents of the Stevens Creek area as well as other parts of the city, will be established to oversee the study.
A computer web site will allow individuals to stay informed on the study's progress and to offer comments on Stevens Creek. Plans also include a series of community open houses in May in or near the Stevens Creek area. The web site and open houses will also be used to seek the names of people who want to be considered for inclusion on the Stevens Creek Basin citizen committee.
Sellman also announced this morning that Terry Brinkman will serve as the Planning Department's lead staff person for this project. Brinkman recently came to the department from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, where he headed a similar planning effort. The study schedule calls for the formulation of a conceptual plan for the Stevens Creek Basin by early next year.