Sarpy County recently received the Daniel Burnham Award for Outstanding Comprehensive Plan from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association. The annual award honors plans based on originality and innovation, engagement, implementation, effectiveness and the role of planners.
Sarpy County Planning Director and Nebraska APA President Bruce Fountain presented the award to the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
“The Comprehensive Plan is our road map for the future, and you’re never going to get to your destination without a map,” Sarpy County Board Chairman Don Kelly said. “As we continue to grow as a county, we’ll be using this plan as our guide”
The Board adopted the plan, titled “Potential Meets Opportunity,” in September 2017. It incorporates the growth plans for the five municipalities and establishes a unified vision for the build-out of Sarpy County, the fastest growing county in the state. The plan creates the tools and policies to manage this growth into the future.
JEO Consulting Group nominated Sarpy County’s Comprehensive Plan for the award, saying the plan “advances the science and art of planning” and balances “future development and the need to protect the unique environmental and agricultural resources found in the diverse county.”
County Commissioner Jim Warren commended Fountain and the Sarpy County Planning Department for their work.
“Most people don’t understand how much work goes into a Comprehensive Plan, but it’s hundreds of hours. I appreciate all of the time and effort Bruce and the entire Planning Department put into this, and I especially applaud the way they included the public in the process,” Warren said.
The award nominees were judged by members of the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association.