City seeks input on plans for 33rd and Cornhusker area

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The City and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) are inviting the public to several events in January and February to learn about and comment on the final draft plans for the North 33rd Street and Cornhusker Highway area. A related amendment to the Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is also part of the discussion.

· An open house is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th Street. No formal presentations are planned, although representatives from the City, RTSD and design consultants will be available to discuss the plans. Parking is available on the south side of the building, and the entrance is under the white awning. The meeting room is accessible for persons with disabilities, and a Spanish interpreter will be available.

· The Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the plans Wednesday, Jan. 23. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on first floor, of the County-City Building, 555 South 10th Street. Written comments may be submitted at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: pcagenda).

· The MPO’s Technical Advisory Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Bill Luxford Studio on first floor of the County-City Building. The committee will consider the amendment to the LRTP that incorporates the North 33rd and Cornhusker Subarea and Corridor Enhancement Plans. The agenda includes time for public comment, and written comments may be submitted to pbarnes@lincoln.ne.gov. The proposed LRTP amendment reports can be found at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: mpo).

· The MPO Officials Committee will consider the LRTP amendment at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the third floor of the County-City Building. The agenda includes time for public comment, and written comments may be submitted to pbarnes@lincoln.ne.gov.

The plans provide a longer-term vision for Northeast Lincoln, from Salt Creek Roadway to Superior Street; between North 27th and North 48th streets; and along the Cornhusker Highway corridor between North 11th and North 56th streets. The proposed plans will help guide City review of private projects and zoning, public transit and parks services, and the engineering and design of new transportation projects over the next 10 to 20 years. The plans outline recommendations regarding land use, development and redevelopment; transportation and utility infrastructure; mobility; economic sustainability; and aesthetics.

The Subarea and Corridor Enhancement plans were developed as part of the North 33rd and Cornhusker Highway Transportation Project between North 27th and North 48th streets. The project is scheduled to begin in 2026, and the plan is designed to coordinate future land use needs with transportation and utility investments. The public will have more opportunities to learn about the project and provide input on details as design progresses. Continued environmental investigations and preliminary design are scheduled to begin in 2019.