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:
Nebraska Renters Help (2020):
If you know someone who is in danger of eviction, they may be able to put it off at least until the end of December. This website walks you through the form for the CDC Eviction Moratorium, a national law which delays some evictions til after December 31, 2020. They would have to meet the requirements listed on the form.
Please also encourage folks to contact Legal Aid if they are in this situation. Or call Legal Aid toll-free at 1-844-268-5627
(A project of Code For Nebraska with input from PRI and Together)
Landlords of Omaha Project
Created by Open Nebraska with input from PRI (2020):
The website, Landlords of Omaha, is for livable housing advocates. It contains an updated list of Omaha rental properties in low condition, a list of Omaha rental properties with non-Omaha but in-state owners (any condition), and a list of Omaha rental properties with out-of-state owners (any condition). The lists can be sorted by owner name, owner address, property address, original property build quality or property condition.
Understanding Evictions In Omaha (2020):
The largest concentration of evictions centers around two areas: (1) sections of North Omaha, and (2) public housing complexes on the southwestern edge of downtown Omaha. Decades of racial and ethnic discrimination have led to the results found in this report. Acknowledgements to Pierce Greenberg, PhD, Gary Fischer, JD, and the Creighton University Social Science Data Lab.
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 (2016-19):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.