What Is MAPA?

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The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) is a regional Council of Governments. It was created in 1967 under the terms of an interlocal agreement to provide a forum for coordinating local planning and development activities. As an organization of local governments, we exist to help member governments address problems that are regional in scope and may cross jurisdictional boundaries.

We bring local government officials from across the region together to address mutual and overlapping concerns in the areas of transportation, solid and hazardous waste, community and economic growth and development, air quality, energy and data. We also work to promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens in the MAPA region.

Any governmental entity within MAPA’s five-county area can become a member. Current membership consists of five counties, 38 towns, 19 special purpose governmental entities and one city council.

MAPA does not levy taxes.  We receive financial support from federal, state and local contributions and from contracts for services. Local general support is based on a ratio of county population to the local population of all member counties, according to the latest official census.

The agency is governed by a 64-member Council of Officials, representing each of the 64 governmental units which comprise MAPA. The Council meets four times a year to set policy.

The Board of Directors represents nine specific Council of Officials member entities.  It meets monthly to govern the agency and is responsible for making sure that the policy is carried out.  All activities established in the agency’s work program are carried out by a 19-member professional and support staff, led by an executive director.

MAPA has no regulatory powers. It can consider any matter which may or should involve interlocal governmental cooperation or coordination. It recommends, but does not implement, plans and programs that it prepares, reviews or adopts. It also provides review and comment on local applications for federal and state funds.