With midtown development exploding and more mass transit being proposed, Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram wants the city to study the area.

The council recently implemented a Complete Streets policy to consider alternative modes of transportation in street planning.

Plans also are underway to build a bus rapid transit system through midtown.

Jerram said it's time to take another look at the city's master development plan and update the parts that address major transportation corridors in downtown and midtown.

The council approved a resolution calling for the study by city staff by a 7-0 vote.

Jerram said he wants the study "so we can be more friendly to higher-density projects." In particular, he said the city might require too much parking for large apartment buildings along mass transit routes.

Councilman Garry Gernandt, who represents South Omaha, said the study makes sense.

"If any of us up here were experiencing the explosion of development as midtown is, we'd be asking for the same study," he said.

Be the first to know when news happens. Get the latest breaking headlines sent straight to your inbox.

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.