Planning

In 2017, following completion of the Planning and Environmental Linkages Study, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Railroad Transportation Safety District and City of Lincoln decided that prior to any major transportation investments, the subarea should be analyzed more comprehensively so that any transportation changes would align with the future vision of the subarea. To determine this vision, a community-consensus built subarea planning process is now being undertaken. The subarea planning process will analyze the following:

  • land uses;

  • zoning;

  • utilities and infrastructure;

  • transportation routes (transit, rail, bicycles, pedestrians, and automobiles);

  • market-supported economic development opportunities;

  • parks and open space enhancement opportunities;

  • aesthetic, urban design, market, and environmental conditions

 The Subarea Plan addresses the opportunities, constraints, and issues discovered through analysis of the subarea’s existing conditions; incorporates the visions, goals, and guiding principles as determined during the extensive online and in-person public engagement process. The plan sets forth land use and zoning, development and redevelopment, transportation, aesthetics and urban design, and sustainability recommendations for the subarea within Northeast Lincoln.

The Subarea Plan was created in conjunction with a Corridor Enhancement Plan to ensure Cornhusker Highway is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The Corridor Enhancement Plan illustrates and describes Cornhusker Highway’s preferred streetscape, touching on items such as site furnishings, landscaping, public art, lighting, and building setbacks.



Subarea & Corridor Enhancement Plan Goals

  • Refine and Align Land Use and Zoning - Align land use and zoning regulations to allow for implementation of identified redevelopment and development opportunities

  • Promote Economic Development - Identify key development and redevelopment opportunities for a variety of land uses within the subarea

  • Enhance Cornhusker Highway – Enhance Cornhusker Highway’s streetscape to entice economic development and define the character and quality of the corridor

  • Improve Mobility and Connectivity – Improve multi-modal mobility and connectivity across the rail corridor and throughout Northeast Lincoln for all modes of transportation

  • Build Champions – Identify and build up champions to carry the Subarea Plan and Corridor Enhancement Plan forward into implementation

  • Improve Safety – Eliminate or reduce the conflict points between trains, vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles


The following open house meetings are a continuation from the previous PEL Study phase of the project.

Public Information Open House #3

February 22, 2018: The third public open house meeting was held to update attendees on the project since the completion of the PEL study and share information about the Planning Phase happening during 2018. The meeting focused on introducing the Subarea Plan and Corridor Enhancement Plan, and how the public could be involved in helping to shape the long-term vision for this area of Northeast Lincoln.

5:00-7:00 pm at Center for People in Need
3901 N 27th St. in Lincoln, NE

Click the triangle button on the video for a short project overview.

 

Public Information Open House #4

May 9, 2018: The fourth public open house meeting was held in conjunction with a multi-day design charrette with the project advisory committee. The purpose of the open house was to gather input from the public on design concept sketches and several topics related to the subarea such as future land use, development and redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure, connectivity and mobility, floodplain and aesthetics and quality of life. Several displays of existing conditions analyses along with multiple concept sketches developed during the charrette were presented. A full documentation of the charrette is available in the Charrette Summary document below.
5:00-7:00 pm at Center for People in Need - 3901 N 27th St. in Lincoln, NE

Public Information Open House #5

January 17, 2019: The fifth public open house meeting was the final meeting for the Planning Phase. The purpose of the open house was to share and gather public feedback on the draft Subarea Plan and Corridor Enhancement Plan and associated recommendations for future land use, development and redevelopment, transportation and infrastructure, connectivity and mobility, floodplain and aesthetics and quality of life. The proposed plans are intended to provide a long-term vision for north Lincoln ranging from:

  • Salt Creek Roadway to Superior Street;

  • North 27th and North 48th streets;

  • Along the Cornhusker Highway corridor between North 11th and North 56th streets

5:00-7:00 pm at Center for People in Need - 3901 N 27th St. in Lincoln, NE

Final Four Transportation Alternatives

All four of the potential final alternatives below represent feasible RTSD Project options. Although Alternative 1D has been shown in the Subarea Plan Document, this alternative is not final and will be studied in greater detail (along with the other final alternatives) during the environmental investigation and preliminary engineering phase. If Alternatives 1B, 1E, or Modified C are selected to move into final design, the Subarea Plan Document would be appropriately modified. The decision on the final transportation alternative will be made based in part on public discussion and open transparency.