Good story today from our senior business reporter, Steve Jordon, on a study being undertaken to look at the future growth of the metro area. It’s a long-term look – going out to 2050.
The study, due to be completed in 2014, is being coordinated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency with the help of more than 30 local governments, agencies and community organizations.
The goal is to help guide the metro area’s development course over the next generation. Jordon reports that the assumption is the metro population will double by 2050.
What happens if that growth sprawls? What if Omaha’s redevelopment picks up even more? What if a new interstate beltway is built?
In case it isn’t apparent: More and more, the metro area’s growth is outside the control of the City of Omaha. It falls on a group like MAPA to help set a coherent, cooperative vision.
What do you think the metro area’s future should look like?