Iowa Smart Planning Task Force

One of the 12 Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission’s recommendations for long-term recovery in its 120-Day Report called on the state to provide greater support for local and regional planning, producing greater economic opportunity, improved resiliency to natural disasters, and enhanced quality of life. In response, the Iowa Legislature passed SF2389 in 2010, establishing the Iowa Smart Planning Task Force. The Task Force is charged with making recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly regarding local and regional planning in Iowa. Recommendations will center on the following:

  • Integrating the Iowa Smart Planning Principles into appropriate state policies and programs.
  • Determining an effective and efficient coordination and information sharing system to support local and regional planning.
  • Suggesting appropriate technical and financial incentives to support local and regional planning.
  • Developing a framework for regional planning.

The Task Force will sunset in December 2012. Its first report is due to the Governor and General Assembly by Nov. 15, 2010. In order to address each of the requirements listed in SF2389, committees/workgroups were created.

Click here to view committees and their respective scopes of work.

Click here to view the Task Force’s timeline.

Task Force Meeting Information

Click here for more information about Task Force and committee/work group meetings.

Task Force Membership

Click here to view the Task Force membership list.

Task Force Leadership

The Task Force is co-chaired by:

Nancy Richardson
Director, Iowa Department of Transportation
Nancy.Richardson@dot.iowa.gov
515-239-1111

Ruth Randleman
Mayor, City of Carlisle
ruthrandleman@aol.com
515-989-3224

Task Force Coordination

The Iowa Department of Management is coordinating the work of the Task Force, with assistance from the Rebuild Iowa Office and the Iowa Association of Regional Councils. Contact information:

Aaron Todd
Rebuild Iowa Office
Aaron.todd@rio.iowa.gov
515-242-5299

Nichole Warren
Iowa Association of Regional Councils
iarcdirector@live.com
515-554-3210

Heather Hackbarth
Iowa Department of Management
heather.hackbarth@iowa.gov
515-281-7811

Click here to view the official repository of the Iowa Smart Planning Task Force's documents on the Iowa Governor's Boards & Commissions Web site.

Iowa Smart Planning