City considers a greener Omaha

Omaha hopes its new environmental plan will make other cities green with envy in the years to come. Or, rather, envious of our green status. The Omaha Planning Board is discussing a comprehensive plan today that proposes changes to everything from how and where new buildings are constructed to luring developers to older areas of the city with new tax perks . Environment Omaha, a collaboration between the city and Omaha by Design, spent two years working on the plan that includes such goals as: –Reducing per capita energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. –Slowing suburban development to make Omaha a more compact and densely populated city. –Reducing our reliance on cars through mixed-use development and new forms of public transit. –Integrating distinct natural resources and views into new building construction and public spaces. If the Planning Board recommends the plan, the City Council would hear the proposal later this fall. Give us your take: Is the new sustainability plan sustainable? Further coverage: Final Draft of Environment Omaha Document Complete (Omaha by Design) The Environment Omaha Plan (Environment Omaha) New Vision: Sustainable Prosperity (OWH)

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