The Sarpy County and Cities Wastewater Agency on Wednesday took a major step in its mission to build a sanitary sewer system in southern Sarpy County.
The Wastewater Agency board unanimously voted to begin building the sewer system in the Zwiebel Creek watershed. The area, which stretches roughly from 84th to 60th streets south of Highway 370, will open new land for development south of Papillion and west of Bellevue.
“This is going to be huge for Sarpy County and the cities in terms of growth,” said Sarpy County Commissioner Don Kelly, who serves as the Chairman of the Wastewater Agency. “This first segment alone will add 760 acres for industrial development and 1,760 acres for residential development.”
For the first phase of the project, the Agency Board looked for a location that would contribute to job creation, facilitate orderly growth, provide a countywide benefit and create additional funding opportunities. Zwiebel Creek hits all of those targets, according to Steve Jensen of Steven Jensen Consulting, who was hired to evaluate potential locations along with engineering firm HDR.
The Agency also plans to expand an existing sewer treatment plant in Springfield, which will add additional capacity to the sewer system and open more land for industrial development along Highway 50.
The unified sewer system will be built in phases over the next 20 to 50 years, and eventually serve most of the land south of the natural ridgeline that divides the county.
Development in southern Sarpy County is estimated to generate incremental annual revenue of:
- $15 million per year in sales tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
- $45 million per year in sales tax revenue for the State of Nebraska
- $19 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County cities
- $21 million per year in property tax revenue for Sarpy County
- $76 million per year in property tax revenue for local school districts