Among the topics discussed during the meeting was a survey related
to the Comprehensive Plan. In the last month, the commission members
have been working on a survey in order to determine which direction
the commission should take. The results will be compared with the
results of a similar survey from 2008.
Zoning officer Will
D'Andrea presented the results he has been able to gather so far.
Nine commission members have completed the survey, so the data is
The survey used a ranking system for the goals of the planning
commission, with each goal containing separate objectives and
policies. There are four goals listed: community and environment;
growth and development; transportation and public services; and
The results so far indicate that the highest priority of the
commission should be the growth and development of the county's
economy. This is the same result that was seen in 2008.
Derrick Crane commented on the results so far, specifically on
interagency cooperation ranking fourth on the survey. In 2008, this
priority came in second on the results.
Crane said that while the implementation of an Economic
Development Master Plan and the involvement with CEDS are
improvements to this area of the Comprehensive Plan, it warranted a
higher ranking, in his opinion.
"I don't know if all of the groups involved really understand our
role and what they can use us for to accomplish," said Crane. Crane
said he does not think the commission has reached out enough to
organizations within the county.
"In order for us to move forward with those goals, we need to
have a stronger relationship with everyone in this county," added
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Jim Fuhrer replied to this, saying that he believes interagency
cooperation has improved enough to warrant the difference, and
people he has talked to agree. Fuhrer could not provide specific
Martin agreed with Crane, saying that at some point in the
future, the commission needs to work on clearly defining their role.
Bill Graff said he marked growth and development as the top
priority because people are focusing on the economy and jobs. Graff
also said it may be a good idea to let other organizations take this
survey, such as the city of Lincoln or the county board, and see
what they think priorities should be.
"There are a lot of stakeholders in this, and they all have their
own plan," added Crane.
The remaining surveys are expected to be incorporated with the
current results by next month's meeting. The survey results will aid
the commission in revising their Comprehensive Plan.
[By DEREK HURLEY]