Press Release

RIO Press Release

For Immediate Release
Media Contact :
November 22, 2010

Juli Probasco-Sowers
Rebuild Iowa Office
(515) 242-5234 (o)
Fax: (515) 242-5006


Grants Help Update, Create Smart Plans to Reduce Risk in Flood-Prone Areas

(DES MOINES) – A total of $1 million in grants from the Iowa Smart Planning: Local Comprehensive Planning Grant Program has been awarded to 31 cities and seven counties by the Rebuild Iowa Office and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.

These grants will be used to support development and adoption of forward-thinking comprehensive plans to guide long-term recovery efforts and subsequent decisions that reduce risk in flood-prone areas. Grant amounts range from $3,750 for Columbus Junction, which will also be working with Columbus City, to $89,000 for Dubuque County and participating communities within the county. Grants provide up to a maximum of 50 percent of the total plan costs. Three of the city grants are multi-jurisdictional and five are county-lead, multi-jurisdictional plans.

The $1 million program is funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds provided to Iowa from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in response to the catastrophic storms and floods of 2008.

“These comprehensive planning grants will go a long way to ensure that Iowa communities and counties are growing in a way that reduces risk and fosters economic growth,” said Lt. Gen. Ron Dardis, executive director of RIO. “These plans will demonstrate the importance and benefits of the Iowa Smart Planning Principles.”

The program is based on the Iowa Smart Planning Principles and local comprehensive planning guidance contained in Senate File 2389, which was signed into law on April 26, 2010. Smart Planning is meant to improve community resiliency following the storms of 2008 in ways that increase economic opportunity, protect environmental resources, and improve quality of life.

Cities which received grants for either creating or updating a comprehensive plan, and the amounts awarded, are:

Afton, $9,000

Cumming, $28,000

McGregor, $7,500

Burlington, $50,000

Dow City, $4,000

Missouri Valley, $7,500

Carroll, $12,000

Durant, $15,000

Mount Ayr, $9,375

Cedar Falls, $50,000

Granger, $28,000

Newton*, $18,000

Cedar Rapids, $50,000

Iowa City, $50,000

Palo, $5,500

Cherokee, $14,000


Riverdale, $10,000

Clinton, $30,000

Lewis, $7,500

Stanton $7,500

Clive, $50,000

Lorimor, $4,000

Vinton, $5,682

Columbus Junction*, $3,750

Manchester, $29,680

Washington, $27,033

Council Bluffs, $50,000

Manning, $6,000


Cresco*, $22,500

Marshalltown, $47,700


Counties receiving grants are:

Delaware County*, $39,000

Hardin County*, $61,250

Winneshiek County*, $60,000

Dubuque County*, $89,000

Jones County, $5,290


Fayette County*, $31,250

Linn County, $38,490


*Asterisks denote multi-jurisdictional plans. The lead community or county is listed in the table.


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