Gretna makes strides for new Housing, Economic Opportunities
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Gretna has received ongoing recognition from the State of Nebraska for its efforts to develop a business, recreational and residential hub within the growing city.
The Department of Economic Development recently announced the City’s re-certification in Nebraska’s Leadership Certified Community (LCC) program.
Certified communities must demonstrate an understanding of and preparedness in strategic planning, and display readiness in technological development to help new and existing businesses grow.
Qualifying LCCs earn status in the program for five years after certification and communities are required to maintain community websites to market local development. Communities may need to include information on available sites and buildings, and regional employment opportunities.
Gretna became Nebraska’s 11th LCC in 2016 before being re-certified in late 2021, there are only 31 LCCs in Nebraska.
The City permitted 33 commercial and industrial permits in 2021, as well as 270 new homes, within its extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction.
These zoning jurisdictions were created in Nebraska to provide additional space for suburban development and allow first-class cities to designate the same property use regulations, building, electrical, and plumbing ordinances that are regulated within a city’s limits.
“Our City appreciates the opportunity to create additional educational and residential options as Gretna continues to grow,” said Development Services Director Daniel Gittinger. “By doing so, we are encouraging Sarpy County’s workforce and their families to call our community home.”
Gretna officials are in the preliminary process of building a new park, aquatic, and recreational center as part of the $50 million project. They will also be working on establishing baseball and softball complexes, a disc golf course, a dog park, a fishing pond, and numerous biking and walking trails.