Corridor Master Plan

Agency: American Planning Association
State: Federal
Type of Government: State & Local
NAICS Category:
  • 541310 - Architectural Services
Posted Date: Sep 1, 2021
Due Date: Sep 24, 2021
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Corridor Master Plan City of Gretna

Gretna, NE




I-80, HWY 6, HWY 31

Gretna, Nebraska


The City of Gretna, Nebraska is seeking a multi-disciplinary team to develop a master plan for The Crossings Corridor that will address a variety of strategies. The consultant team will incorporate findings from past studies and current activity levels, will engage local property and business owners, and will work collaboratively with City leadership. Recommendations from this Plan will be used to seek funding for improvements identified within the Corridor.


In 2013, the City of Gretna partnered with private developers to revitalize the property now known as the Nebraska Crossings (NEX) Outlet Mall. The partnership brought life and activity back to the blighted 45 acres at the intersection of I-80 and Highway 31. Through public and private investment, NEX continues to serve as Nebraska's premiere shopping experience having a reach far outside the State of Nebraska.

In 2010, the City of Gretna acquired 157 acres on the north side of Capehart Road, east of Hwy 6/Hwy 31. Gretna citizens approved a ½-cent local sales tax increase in 2020 to construct a $53 million community park for all users, ages, and abilities ( ). The Gretna Crossing Park (GXP) is planned for a state-of-the-art Recreation and Aquatic Center with indoor competition swimming pool, outdoor pool with lazy river, exercise, cardio, pickle ball, basketball, and other activities; 4 regulation softball fields; 4 regulation baseball fields; 6 multi-purpose/soccer fields; amphitheater; disk golf; dog park; outdoor/nature area; fishing pond; and trails and pavilions.

With the investment at NEX, the commitment of property owners to invest in GXP, the continued momentum of growth in Gretna, Sarpy County, and the Omaha Metro area, City leadership identified the need to establish this primary gateway into the City of Gretna.

The area is generally bound by Platteview Road to the South, half section line North of Capehart Road, half section line West of Hwy 31, and 204th Street to the East. The interchange of Interstate 80 and Hwy 31 is included in this area.


City leadership identified the tasks outlined below as the base scope of services. Any additional tasks or work elements may be added during contract negotiations. A final work plan and scope of services will be agreed to by all parties upon conclusion of the negotiation process and prior to proceeding with the Plan.

  • Transportation Task. Offering a variety of modes of transportation to access the many properties within the Plan area is a primary task of any response. Hard linkages between NEX and GXP are expected for non-vehicular modes; ease of access between destination points is expected for all transportation modes; parking consideration for the entire Corridor is critical, primarily at high destination use periods throughout the year/season.

Coordination with Nebraska Department of Transportation is a necessity due to the intersection of I-80 with Hwy 6 and with Hwy 31. Existing access restrictions cause confusion and frustration of traffic and the Plan needs to address possible, cost-effective remedies.

  • Utility Task. The City of Gretna provides water and wastewater service in the area; however not all properties are currently served. The City developed a master plan for serving the area with water and sanitary sewer; portions of which are implemented. The selected consultant must work directly with the City Engineer regarding water and sanitary sewer services as well as to identify current utility infrastructure and how all properties will be served in the future.
  • Land Use Task. The Corridor is expected to be a Destination Corridor for the region, the State, and beyond. As a destination, it is important to properly identify the land use encouraged for each parcel within the area and to set forth those expectations of use and development. It is not too far reaching to specifically identify individual businesses, enterprises, and operations that are encouraged to locate within the Corridor.
  • Citizen Engagement Task. Although Gretna is a smaller community in the Omaha Metro area, it is one of the fastest growing; therefore, the actions for Gretna's future require the engagement of our citizens. Each response shall include the means by which citizen engagement is achieved, reported, and considered throughout the entire Plan schedule.
  • Financial Strategy Task. Many State and local opportunities exist for financing destination developments that create tourism, sales tax, and employment. Responses shall include an outline of possible Nebraska-appropriate financing strategies for infrastructure, land acquisition, building construction, marketing, and business recruitment.
  • Conceptual Design Task. The Plan shall address each task and reflect each in a concept-level document. The concept document shall incorporate Corridor area recommendations, property-specific recommendations, architectural conceptual designs, planning-level project cost estimates, cross-sections for any road/street or access improvements, beautification/landscaping, and maintenance.


Each proposal response shall provide sufficient detail to enable City leadership to evaluate and compare responses. At a minimum, the following information is required:

  1. A cover letter introducing the firm and providing an executive summary of the proposal. Letter must be signed and dated by an individual having legal authority to contract on behalf of the firm.
  2. A description of the team's understanding, approach, methodology, and schedule for the entire project.
  3. A description of the team's organizational framework for the project, including lead firm, project manager, sub-consultants, and partners. The roles and responsibilities of all team members to this project must be included.
  4. Specific introduction of key personnel assigned to this particular project. Introduction shall be in the form of resumes, estimates of their time commitment to this project, and a letter from each indicating their initial impression of this project.
  5. Identification of not more than three (3) similar/like projects that the team has directly been involved with within the last five (5) years.
  6. A minimum of three (3) professional references for like/similar projects awarded to the lead firm. References must include all current contact information. References for other members of the team are encouraged.
  7. A schedule of completion for The Crossings Corridor Master Plan.
  8. A complete schedule of estimate of costs for services including but not limited to: proposed fees; firm and/or team compensation; hourly rates; travel expenses; and schedule of invoicing (weekly, milestones, etc).

The format shall provide a straightforward, concise delineation of the team's capabilities to satisfy the requirements of this RFP. All project scope tasks shall be addressed. Proposal responses are limited to 15 pages, not including resumes.


All responses must be received no later than 3:00pm (CDT) on Friday, September 24, 2021. Any response received after this date and time will not be considered.

Submit two (2) bound hard copies and one (1) memory stick containing the proposal in .pdf format. All submittals become the property of the City of Gretna, Nebraska.

Submissions shall be by mail or in person to:

City of Gretna
ATTN: Paula J. Dennison, AICP
204 N. McKenna Ave; PO Box 69
Gretna, NE 68028

Questions and requests for additional information shall be directed to Paula Dennison at .


The selection committee, consisting of City leadership and invited participants, will evaluate and rank proposal responses, may select qualifying teams for interview, and may negotiate with any selected team for Plan preparation.

The following is anticipated as the evaluation and selection schedule:

RFP issue date — August 30, 2021

Proposal Responses due — September 24, 2021 by 3:00pm CDT

Consultant interviews, if conducted — October 6-8, 2021

Consultant team selected — October 19, 2021

Execute contract — October 22, 2021

Notice to Proceed — November 1, 2021


Any member, officer or employee of the City of Gretna is prohibited from sharing in, having interest in or benefiting from any contract or agreement resulting from this RFP.

Any firm selected is required to file non-discrimination and affirmative action statements with the City of Gretna.

Proper worker's compensation and professional liability insurance is required to be carried by the selected firm per Nebraska Revised Statutes.

The City reserves the rights to reject any and all proposals received in response to this RFP, to waive any irregularity, to make counter proposals, and to negotiate with responders. The City reserves the right to terminate this RFP at any time and to reissue this or a substitute RFP at a later date.

All costs associated with the preparation of any proposal response are the sole responsibility of the responders.


3:00pm CDT, Friday, September 24, 2021

City of Gretna
ATTN: Paula J. Dennison, AICP
204 N. McKenna Ave; PO Box 69
Gretna, NE 68028

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