Approvals for major development in western Douglas County sailed through the Omaha City Council meeting Tuesday.

Developer Jay Noddle presented his planned $1.2 billion development near Boys Town, saying he hopes that the project has “a lasting impact for decades and hopefully centuries.”

The plan is for a nearly 500-acre, mixed use development, with multiple neighborhoods, apartments, commercial buildings, a hotel, open space and a park and a dining area.

By comparison, the Aksarben Village development — also led by Noddle — covers about 70 acres.

The Boys Town project is expected to take roughly 20 years to finish and will be west of 144th Street from West Dodge Road to south of Pacific Street.

The council voted 7-0 on a package of items including zoning changes, a development agreement, a plat approval, a subdivision agreement and an interlocal agreement with the Village of Boys Town.

“This is truly what I consider a visionary development,” said Councilwoman Aimee Melton. “I really do think this is kind of the direction of the future.”

Rod Tevis, a neighbor of the project, told the council he wanted to make sure that the planned apartments and condos on the south side would be a maximum of three stories and that trees would be planted on the south side of the property.

Noddle, who said he’d previously spoken to Tevis about his concerns, said yes to both.

Work is underway to clear trees from the property, which includes land formerly occupied by a Boys Town farm. Infrastructure development will begin this spring, Noddle has said.

Conceptually, Noddle said, the area is to be a walkable community, where residents of new housing can stroll to dining, shopping, entertainment and work sites.

The plan includes:

» Nearly 1.4 million square feet of offices, 500,000 square feet of retail, a 300-room hotel, 1,500 apartments, 140 town houses and 440 single-family houses.

» Open space in about a third of the land, including green buffers, parkland and public squares.

» A park with an amphitheater, a lake and a dining district. A focal point is to be a cluster of buildings reminiscent of or actually moved from the old Boys Town farm and converted into shops and restaurants.

» A boulevard running parallel to 144th Street and through the entire development.

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