Several months ago VOICE led a petition drive that asked planners to reconsider the beltway.  You will be pleased to know that we haven’t lost all those signatures.  Better yet, now is the perfect time to dust them off and drop them in front of Omaha’s planners.

The next step for the beltway was its inclusion in the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency’s (MAPA) 2035 long range transportation plan.  MAPA is currently working its way through a series of public participation meetings that are intended to solicit public feedback on their 2035 plan.  And we bet our bottom dollar that these sessions are sparsely attended, which provides us an opportunity to influence the direction of the plan.

We’re pulling together our petition information as we speak and will be sharing that with MAPA and several other entities that can impact the City’s urban development.  As it comes together, we’ll let you know.

But we encourage everyone to attend one of MAPA’s public participation meetings.  If you can’t make it to a meeting, please send MAPA your thoughts via email at LRTP@mapacog.org.

Remaining public meetings (all are from 4:30 – 6:30 pm) on the 2035 plan are as follows:

November 16 – Neighborhood Center at 115 S 49th Ave
November 17 – Council Bluffs Public Library at 400 Willow Ave
December 2 – South Omaha Metropolitan Community College Campus, Library conference room

For more information, see the DRAFT 2035 Transportation Plan and MAPA’s informational brochure.