Draft Recommendations & Public Input

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The Iowa Smart Planning Task Force approved draft recommendations on Sept. 15, 2010, for encouraging and supporting smart planning throughout Iowa, and has encouraged all interested persons and organizations to review the draft recommendations and provide comments.

The Task Force developed four primary methods of collecting input: public meetings, webinar, survey, and letter submission. Please see below for a description of each. All comments and suggestions have been compiled for review by the Task Force and will be meaningfully considered while deliberating final recommendations for inclusion in the Task Force’s report to the Governor and General Assembly in November.

Iowa Smart Planning Draft Recommendations

DRAFT Recommendations - The Iowa Smart Planning Task Force approved these draft recommendations for public comment on Sept. 15, 2010. The draft recommendations represent a compilation of work produced by two committees that were established by the Task Force to explore issues in-depth throughout this past summer. Please refer to this document prior to filling out the survey and/or submitting comments. It is important to note that these are draft recommendations and are subject to change prior to submission of the Task Force’s report in November.

Overview of Submitted Comments

The following documents include all comments collected via survey, notes taken at public input meetings, and through email submission. The Task Force will use these materials when deliberating final recommendations.

Additionally, the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization posted their own survey, titled “The MPO Wants to Know: Iowa Smart Planning.” The survey was intended to capture Central Iowan’s views on questions posed by the DMAMPO regarding Smart Planning. The online survey was live from Sept. 20, 2010 through Oct. 5, 2010. 28 persons responded.


Smart Planning recommendations survey - This survey was intended to gauge support for the draft recommendations approved by the Task Force for public comment. The first page offers the opportunity to identify support, neutrality, or opposition to each recommendation. The second page provides an opportunity to suggest additions, deletions, and other changes to the recommendations, as well as include any other comments regarding smart planning in Iowa. Surveys were also available at the public input meetings, as well as on this Web site. Completed surveys were requested by Oct. 10, 2010.

Public Input Sessions

The Task Force held five meetings across the state and one webinar to introduce the Task Force and its responsibilities, as well as provide an overview of the draft recommendations. Following the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide ideas for changing or adding to the recommendations. Notes were taken at the meeting to capture comments and suggestions. Each of the meetings ran from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 28- Spencer City Hall
418 2nd Avenue West, Spencer

Sept. 29- Montgomery County History Center
2700 North 4th Street, Red Oak

Sept. 30- Waverly Civic Center
200 1st Street NE, Waverly

Oct. 5- Coralville Public Library (meeting room A)
1401 5th Street, Coralville

Oct. 6- Webinar- 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Hosted by the Iowa State Association of Counties

Oct. 7- Boone City Hall Auditorium
923 8th Street, Boone


The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) hosted a webinar on behalf of the Iowa Smart Planning Task Force on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This web-based session included a presentation similar to the on-location sessions, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. Individuals can view the recorded webinar here.

Other Comments

Some interested persons and organizations also chose to submit a letter with comments regarding the Task Force’s draft recommendations. Comments were accepted through Oct. 10, 2010, via mail, email, or fax to the Rebuild Iowa Office.

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