The City of Ord is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. Ord originally developed its Comprehensive Plan in 1999; periodic updates of the plan are mandated by the State of Nebraska.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A Comprehensive Plan is a long-range plan or “guidebook” for a community’s growth, development and redevelopment. It is a vision for the future that plans for a twenty year time period, based on local conditions, values and aspirations. It is called comprehensive because it coordinates the efforts of many different aspects of a community, such as land use, transportation, and economic development.
One of the most important purposes of a Comprehensive Plan is to formally identify the elements that create a thriving, attractive community: one that offers viable options to its residents regarding where and how they want to live, work, and play. For this reason, public input is essential to developing a successful plan. The plan will gather ideas from Ord residents, providing a forum for residents to talk and work together to solve shared problems.
What does the plan include?
- Background data and trends
- Our community’s vision for Ord’s future including roads, utilities, housing, parks and open space, education, and other community facilities
- Goals, objectives, and policies for future development and reinvestment, community character, housing and neighborhoods, historic and cultural resources, economic development, transportation and mobility, utilities, community facilities and services, recreation and open space, and resource conservation and hazard mitigation
- Maps and graphics that help visualize future growth, redevelopment, and preservation
- An action plan (or implementation plan) to guide the realization of the plan
- Ways to monitor and evaluate the progress of the plan
How Can I Participate?
In addition to several public meetings and workshops, we have created a “virtual town hall” website, allowing you the opportunity to share your vision for Ord’s future, identify the most pressing issues, and even post photos of your favorite aspects of your community. Simply visit http://envisionord.mindmixer.com/ and create an account. You can even create your account with your Facebook page, allowing you to share your thoughts and invite others to share theirs as well!
Once meeting dates are established, we will share them here and on our Facebook page. Stay tuned for updates!