Highway Corridor Growth Plans

Cass county hires consultant for Comprehensive Plan update. With road improvements into the Cass County area, county leaders have an eye toward the future as growth is anticipated in the population and economic sectors.

The current Comprehensive Plan was formulated in the late 1990s. Two major road improvements are changing the expectations of 15 years ago.

The Cassgram reports the six lane, Omaha-to-Lincoln I-80 project completion is expected to bring growth to the Greenwood Exit area and the Exit 426 area near Mahoney State Park. On the eastern side of Cass County, much of the Highway 75 four lane expansion will be completed by late 2014.

“What are the strategies that make the most sense,” asked Jeff Ray who will be the project manager for JEO Consulting, the firm hired to do the update. “We want everyone involved” in deciding the strategies that will grow the tax base.

Over the next several months JEO will be conducting town hall meetings, working with focus groups, visiting with stakeholders and conducting an online forum in coming up with recommendations.

JEO notes that Cass County has “diverse communities” and that enforceable code development will help growth around the towns (in the county zoning) meet the standards of each community.

Assessing existing infrastructure and projecting possible future infrastructure needs will also be studied.

“The heart of a comprehensive plan is vision,” said JEO Sr. Planner Dave Potter.

The county will spend about $38,000 for the plan update. JEO deducted some money off its total as the county zoning office will be handling a portion of the update.


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