Community and Regional Planning Program
The Consistency Doctrine as Applied to Comprehensive Plans and Zoning in Nebraska Counties: An Argument for Periodic Plan Updates
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A citizen’s participation in the process of formulating goals for a particular locality is essential to the idealistic development of a comprehensive plan. Adopting a comprehensive plan is a manifestation of goals and ideals expressed by those participating in formulating the comprehensive plan. Consistency doctrine requires zoning regulations have a certain level of conformance to an adopted comprehensive plan. An adopted comprehensive plan should be reviewed at a certain level of regularity to ensure that citizens have a voice in the constantly shifting developmental alterations. Nebraska county zoning enabling statutes require zoning regulations be consistent with an adopted comprehensive plan but do not specify the regularity, if any, the comprehensive plan must be reviewed. Nebraska counties should review their comprehensive plans at least every 10 years to allow citizens a consistent avenue to participate in the formation of the future development in the County. Zoning regulations cannot effectively express citizen’s participation if they are based on an outdated comprehensive plan.
Advisor: Gordon Scholz
A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Community and Regional Planning, Major: Community and Regional Planning, Under the Supervision of Professor Gordon Scholz. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2012
Copyright 2012 Jeffrey L. Murman