Despite, or perhaps in spite of, the torrential rains Wednesday night, a robust crowd dropped in on an open house for the Lincoln Environmental Action Plan (LEAP). Leaders and representatives from the planning, public works and urban development departments, along with LES, were on hand to field citizen questions.
The plan is a “community blueprint for the actions needed to create a healthier environment.” It proposes to do this by enacting 13 strategies that cut across five categories – energy, land use, transportation, waste and water. The plan both creates new environmental initiatives and augments those already underway, including Green Light Lincoln, Recycle! Lincoln and BikeLNK, a downtown bike share system. Yesterday’s format, trade-fair style with sequential booths and free-flowing Q & A, was symbolic of the plan’s development process. The city is soliciting feedback on its website until Monday, August 7th. According to a tally distributed at the open house, over 130 comments have already been received, with 20 classified as constructive criticism or inquiry and 106 as supportive.
The plan will be reviewed by the Lincoln City Council on August 7th. I encourage Lincolnites to attend that meeting to voice support or helpful critiques of the plan – come rain or shine!