Future Growth Discussion

Comprehensive plans being tweaked. Both Cass County and Plattsmouth are working on updates.

The Cassgram reports Cass County held public focus meetings earlier this year in which the positives and negatives of the county’s current position in such areas as transportation, infrastructure, recreation, agriculture preservation, schools, solid waste disposal, labor force, quality of life and outside perceptions were reviewed.

Last month, JEO Consulting, the firm working with the Cass County Zoning Department on the update, collected input from officials from tourism, the county board, state agencies, Keep Cass County Beautiful, and stakeholders in the I-80 Exit 420/426 corridor. Zoning Administrator Mike Jensen also pointed out the rare occurrence of most of the companies involved in the mining industry in the county getting together to give their input on the Comprehensive Plan. That happened on March 12th when representatives from Martin Marrietta, Kerford Limestone, Lyman-Richey and Ash Grove gathered in Louisville.

The information is now being gathered and a final draft will be reviewed. The original intent was to have the update completed by August but county commissioners were told it may take longer. “That’s OK, let’s get right,” said District 4 Commissioner Dan Henry.
JEO will provide a status update at the May 6th county board meeting. Public hearings will be held in the months ahead.

In Plattsmouth, the project team invites residents to work alongside planners and designers on Tuesday (4/22) 5:30-7:30pm in the Plattsmouth Public Library auditorium. You’ll help define projects for improving Plattsmouth. Improvement areas include commercial corridors, housing development, civic gateways, trail connections, and more. You can drop by for 15 minutes or the entire session.
Then, on Wednesday (4/23) 6:00-7:30pm, a public presentation in the auditorium will provide an opportunity to visit with the project team as they share the development of the plan and new directions for Plattsmouth. This session will focus on a discussion of the ideas generated over the course of the design process and will enable interactive feedback on these design concepts.

The new plan is to be adopted this fall.The city’s website, www.plattsmouth.org, has more on the plan update.

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