Comparing Vision to Trend

Both the Vision and Trend Scenarios have a similar number of housing units, but different growth patterns are what sets them apart.

Vision Scenario

The Vision Scenario represents a future where we have taken steps to reach the Heartland Vision Goals. We have expanded housing options available in cities, towns and rural areas, and new growth is focused in existing areas. A greater mix of uses means homes are closer to the places people want and need to go.

Trend Scenario

The Trend Scenario represents a future where we continue to grow and decline much the same as we have in the past. Areas of the urban core will continue to lose population as quality desirable housing options and employment opportunities remain scarce. Westward expansion continues in Douglas and Sarpy counties where new development is affordable. Most new development in these areas focuses on single-family subdivisions. Existing sewage treatment systems reach capacity resulting in more large-lot (acreage) single-family homes than today.

Balanced Housing: Housing mix by type

Balanced Housing Type








Healthy Places: Walkability score for the region

Healthy Places






Equitable Access to Jobs: % of jobs accessible to disadvantaged residents via a 30-minute transit trip

Equitable Access to Jobs






Convenient Daily Destinations: Jobs, services and shopping within a 10-minute drive

Convenient Daily Destinations





Housing Match: How well housing options match the preferences and income of residents

Housing Match






Time Spent Driving Compared to Today: % change in the time spent driving for the average household

Time Spent Driving






Active Transportation: % of all trips made by walking, biking and transit

Active Transportation







Access to Nature: Households within ΒΌ-mile of parks and trails

Access to Nature





Flood Protection: % of jobs and housing units in floodplains or stream setbacks

Flood Protection






Energy and Water Efficiency: Household energy use (million BTU/year) and internal water consumption (gal/day)

Energy and Water Efficiency







Efficient Use of Public Funds: Total expenditures (billions) / total revenues (billions)

Efficient Use of Public Funds