NORFOLK, NE — A new law will now allow Nebraska cities to create riverfront development districts.
The signing of LB 97, introduced by Senator Sue Crawford, will provide Norfolk the tools it needs to beautify and develop the riverfront area.
Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning testified on behalf of LB 97 back in February and say this is a big win for Norfolk.
“We were one of the first community out outfront advocating for this legislature. What this means for us is it helps with the long term development of the riverfront and a the potential in revitalizing our historic areas and expanding downtown.”
Moenning says there are recreation opportunities with businesses and possible housing in that area. The development of the area could help retain some of the population.
The riverfront development district would be governed by an appointed authority of five or more members. It could establish contracts, enter into interlocal agreements, create and implement riverfront plans. The authority’s property would be exempt from state or local taxes.