Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lincoln General Plan Announcement

Lincoln's 2050 general plan approved
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, March 27, 2008

LINCOLN – The City Council on Tuesday night approved the 2050 general plan, shaping how the city will look at its ultimate build-out.

"I think this plan strikes the right balance between planned growth and open space, with big-city amenities and yet creating the small-town feel we're so fond of here in Lincoln," Mayor Primo Santini said. "It provides a well-thought-out platform for growth."

The plan, six years in the making, calls for a build-out population of 132,000, and adding another 13,800 acres to Lincoln's sphere of influence.

Development will be organized into seven self-contained "villages" with a mix of housing densities, schools, parks and commercial centers, and 40 percent of the land preserved as open space.

Some residents, however, expressed concern about the added growth.

"It will alter Lincoln into something you can't recognize," Don Chandler said.

Chandler and resident Pat McCartney suggested putting the 2050 general plan on the November ballot for voters to decide.

– Jennifer Morita