City priorities at this time include: continued development in Downtown, Haymarket, and Antelope Valley in Lincoln’s urban core, the development of the new Telegraph District, and a new a bypass on the south and east sides of Lincoln.
Lincoln has a smart growth policy which encourages density, green space, pedestrian mobility, watershed management, and design standards. There are no suburbs and no SIDs. Growth is projected at 1% to 1.5% annually.
TIF, or Tax Increment Financing, means that 15 years of the increased value of the newly renovated or developed property can be dedicated to infrastructure for the project. A map of TIF-eligible areas is available from Eschliman Commercial Real Estate upon request. The Urban Development department offers CBDG funds and other incentives, especially for developments in the inner core of the City.
The City has a strong mayoral form of government. Large projects should be presented to the mayor first. Then support should be sought from key members of the Planning Commission and at least 4 or 5 of the 7 members of the City Council. The City has a convenient One-Stop-Shop at City Hall which will enable you to get quick answers on construction and development projects.