LINCOLN — Nebraska cities could redevelop former military sites outside their boundaries under a bill passed by the Legislature Thursday.
State Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala said he introduced Legislative Bill 66 to help Sidney officials redevelop a former defense site near that western Nebraska town.
The city could not use common redevelopment tools, such as tax-increment financing, because the site was outside the city limits.
The original version of the bill would have allowed Sidney to annex the area, even though it did not abut the city.
As passed, LB 66 would allow cities to use tax-increment financing outside their boundaries for projects involving former defense sites. The city and the site would have to be in the same county.
Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha said he does not know of any such project in the Omaha area. But he expects the new process may generate interest.
He said there are some former defense sites with potential for redevelopment in the Omaha area, such as one near the intersection of Nebraska Highway 36 and 72nd Street.
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