Land Use Planning & Economic Development

Land use planning and economic development determine the kind of society we live in. Both affect the health and wellbeing of the community. Land use planning and economic development should build social cohesion and include all voices, especially those of marginalized and disadvantaged people.

PRI’s Land Use Planning/Economic Development Projects:

Nuts and Bolts of Omaha Gentrification: How It Works, How to Take It Apart (2017):

Workshop on gentrification, the role of tax increment financing, and conversation about land use policy change to create the city we want to live in. Sponsored by Rationalists, Empiricists, And Skeptics Of Nebraska (R.E.A.S.O.N.).

TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Database (2016-17):

A land use planning project providing a searchable database showing taxes paid versus taxes refunded to developers for every Tax Increment Financing (TIF) project in the state of Nebraska from 2008 through 2015, with partial data extending as far back as 1992.
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Critical Feedback to Heartland 2050 Regional Plan (2014):

Letter to Heartland 2050 Equity & Engagement Committee, on which PRI served as a member. The critique addressed the core value of inclusion as well as the importance of law in land use planning systems development.
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Tax Increment Financing Panel (2013)

Panelists discussed some of the successes and failures of Nebraska’s Tax Increment Finance enabling legislation. Panelists were Ken Kriz, UNO School of Public Administration, Heath Mello, Chair of the Nebraska Senate Appropriations Committee, and Bridget Hadley, Economic Development Planner for the City of Omaha.

Omaha Tax Burden Forum (2012)

An inside look at how Nebraskans’ tax dollars are divided among the rich, middle class and poor. The discussion by John Bartle, UNO College of Public affairs and Community Service, explained the different types of taxes we pay, and how the Omaha tax burden compares to others in the region and nation. Nebraska State Senator Abbie Cornett responded.

Testimony at Public Hearing on LB 918 (2012): Summary

Testimony before the Nebraska State Legislature Committee on Urban Affairs, concerning proposed bill related to tax increment financing.
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Update: What is Tax Increment Financing—and Why Should Anyone Care? (2011)

A thorough-going analysis of Tax Increment Financing in Nebraska  with particular attention to Omaha.  The document explains what Tax Increment Financing is and how it is used or misused in Omaha.
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What is Tax Increment Financing—and Why Should Anyone Care?

Fiscal Comparisons for Nebraska, 2009-10, Summary

Revision of PRI’s 2010 report by the same name; supports earlier findings that Nebraska ranks on a par with surrounding states in terms of the tax burden on citizens.
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Fiscal Comparisons for Nebraska, 2008-09, by John Bartle, PhD. Published November 26, 2010; Summary

Report concludes that Nebraska ranks on a par with surrounding states in terms of the tax burden on citizens.
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Media Coverage of PRI’s Land Use Planning / Economic Development Work:

Nebraska Watchdog (Feb., 2014):

PRI research on tax increment financing (TIF) cited in story titled, “TIF cost Nebraska $22 million in School Dollars,” by Deena Winter.

Omaha World Herald (Jan., 2012):

PRI quoted for story titled “Defense of TIF Benefits May Alter Bill’s Focus.”

Metro and More (May, 2011):

PRI represented on a Tax Increment Financing panel on local TV show hosted by Kent Pavelka and produced by Cox Communications’ Knowledge Network.