Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council’s final report provides policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions with cost-saving scenarios.
Iowa Lakes Community College Climate Action Plan focuses on achieve climate neutrality by minimizing greenhouse gas emissions or utilizing carbon offsets.
The Dubuque Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan contains strategies to achieve goals that help community reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% below 2003 levels by 2030 to improve quality of life.
The North Liberty Comprehensive Plan is a guidance for development and redevelopment for the community.
The Indianola Comprehensive Plan is developed through public input to set directions for future growth, development, and redevelopment for the next twenty years.
The Newton Comprehensive Plan articulates residents’ desires and establishes strategic approach to improve the future development of the community. The Iowa Smart Planning Principles is a base for the comprehensive plan.
The 2030 Johnston Comprehensive Plan aims to guide the future growth of the community and sketch out tools to achieve the vision.
The Pella Comprehensive Plan provides guidance for future development for the next 20 years. The plan focuses on the availability of diverse housing types, and the continued success of the downtown.
The Clinton 2032 Comprehensive Plan provides a legal basis for land use regulations by analyzing existing conditions and developing growth goals, develops a vision for a community, and establishes the specific actions necessary to fulfill the vision.
The Cedar Rapids Comprehensive Plan provides a vision for future development in the next 20 years.
The Davenport 2025 develops recommendations and strategies for future development and growth in Davenport
The Mason City Comprehensive Plan contains several components that guide growth and development in the city over the next twenty years.
The Bettendorf Comprehensive Plan identifies current needs and goals for the community, presents a vision for the future, and sets priorities for new public policy and investments for the next 20 years.
The Sioux City Comprehensive Plan is designed for future growth in Sioux City based on public inputs from public forums, one-on-one interviews throughout the city, and an analysis data and trends.
The city of Dubuque website provides resources related to city planning such as comprehensive plan, future land use map, and regional planning resources.
The Marion Comprehensive Plan is a guide for physical improvement and development for the next 15 to 20 years.
The Urbandale Comprehensive Plan analyzes all aspects of the city it exists, establishes goals and policies for future development, and outlines an implementation of the goals and policies.
The Salix 2035 Comprehensive Plan is designed to identify community values and priorities, create a vision of the future of Salix, and establish goals, objectives, and recommendations to achieve the vision and protect the assets of the community.
The Comprehensive Plan provides a share vision to guide future actions and decisions over a 20-year time frame. The plan can be amended if decisions are being made that are not consistent with the plan.
The Crescent Comprehensive Plan helps guide the future growth, community development, and to be the basis for land use policies and regulations over a 20-year time frame.
Carlisle Comprehensive Plan is designed to help the community make informed decisions as the community continues to grow.
Polk City Comprehensive plan outlines broad policy directions for growth, development, and redevelopment over the next twenty years.
The Altoona Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint to focus on priorities for policy and investment in the next 20 years.
The Washington Comprehensive Plan includes existing conditions and opportunities for growth, and providing guidelines for the growth.
2013 Cumming Comprehensive Plan contains information on past and current conditions in Cumming City, and provides recommendations for future development of Cumming.
Avoca comprehensive plan aims to utilize limited resources to create a safe and equitable opportunities for residents.
The Scott County Comprehensive Plan aims to outline the vision, analyze existing conditions, identify future project needs, set goals and objectives; and recommend strategies for implementation.
The Delaware County Comprehensive Plan is designed to help achieve the community’s vision of the future in accord with local priorities and resources.
Dallas county Comprehensive Plan aims to provide long-range goals and land use outlines for the future development. The plan is in the process of updating.
The 2012 Lyon county Comprehensive Plan contains goals, objections, and policy recommendations for the next 10 to 20 years, and land use map creating a illustration of future land use development.
The Polk County Comprehensive Plan 2030 is designed to establish a policy framework for land use changes and public improvements within a 25-year time frame.
Linn County Comprehensive Plan includes an overview of previous plan, the update process, and monitor of the plan. The goal of the plan is to guide development of the county for next 10 to 20 years.
The City of Iowa City website includes information on comprehensive plan, zoning code and zoning map, district plans and maps, and applications.
Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management provides lists of Iowa’s major presidential disaster declarations and map.
Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association aims to promote flood risk education throughout Iowa. The Iowa Floodplain and Stormwater Management Association website provides helpful links, news, and upcoming events.
National Association of County and City Health Offices (NACCHO) focuses on improving the public health and supporting for change for local health departments.
Rio Iowa provides information regarding smart planning throughout Iowa, and updates legislative news such as land use planning and other related issues in Iowa.
Iowa Community Foundations are nonprofit organizations founded to meet the needs of local communities and encourage community foundation philanthropy.
The Iowa Commuter Transportation Study was commissioned by Iowa DOT to identify the existing and future commuter needs in the Interstate 380 (I-380) corridor and determine the viability if various commuter transportation improvements to meet the needs.
The Historic Millwork District Master Plan, approved in 2009, is a historic preservation redevelopment plan. The Plan has received many recognitions and demonstrated ways to generate high economic value with low environmental impact.
This case study provides an overview of Dubuque's Millwork District Revitalization Project. Also included is the executive summary of the master plan for the project in addition to the complete master plan.
The Community Housing Initiatives is a nonprofit provider of affordable housing. Latest news, rental information in Iowa are included in the Community Housing Initiatives website.
Gateway Redevelopment Group was formed by private nonprofit. The goal of the group is to save the abandoned historic structures in Davenport’s Hamburg Historic District.
The Iowa’s Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit was established to assist the costs of rehabilitating historic buildings, maintain spaces of buildings, and revitalize surrounding neighborhoods.
The Main Street Development Loan Fund is a loan program and is supported by Preservation Iowa, a nonprofit. The nonprofit focuses on redevelopment and historic preservation.
The Downtown Redevelopment In Burlington, Iowa is composed of five reports by the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. The reports include an analysis of case studies and on redevelopment and historic preservation.
The UniverCity Neighborhood Partnership is a program designed to ensure the University of Iowa campus and neighborhoods surrounding downtown remain safe, affordable and attractive places for renters and homeowners.
Sioux City Zoning and Sign Code won the “Best Practice” received the APA-Iowa Awards in 2015 and it was adopted in the same year.
Field to Family promotes the connection between families and local food and farmers in the Iowa City and Cider Rapids.
The Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative works on developing places for people have access to healthy, locally grown foods and promoting more opportunities for physical activity for the places.
The University of Iowa Office of Sustainability focuses to promote sustainability activities on campus and to encourage individuals and organizations to participate in accelerating sustainability action.
The University of Iowa Office of Sustainability focuses to promote sustainability activities on campus and to encourage individuals and organizations to participate in accelerating sustainability action.
The Iowa Green Streets Criteria is based on the national Green Community Criteria and provides strategies to increase and improve affordable housing, community facilities, town centers.
The report demonstrates nine findings of a project initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cooperate with stakeholders and government in Iowa to assist communities to adapt climate change.
The Cedar Falls comprehensive plan is in compliance with the 10 principles and 13 elements of Iowa Smart Planning Act. The plan is flexible and fits the future development of Cedar Falls.
Practical Farmers of Iowa established in 1985 and is a farmer-led nonprofit organization.
The Flooding in Iowa Website provides information such as significant Iowa flood events, flood hazard information, and information for people to understand how to protect themselves when a flood happen.
The Iowa Flood Report Website includes information for latest news, reports, and map of flood and high flow condition in Iowa.
The goal of the Design Guide is to develop a long-term vision for state park architecture based on excellent architectures in the past and present days.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Website demonstrates an Iowa State parks and preserves list.
Iowa Association of Regional Councils (IARC) is the trade association for the 17 Councils of Government (COGs) in Iowa, and it facilitates communities to increase economic growth, improve public services and solve regional issues.
The Tomorrow Plan concentrates on future sustainable development of Des Moines, Iowa. The plan is composed of technical analysis of existing conditions and future trends. The goal of the plan is to establish a vision of Greater Des Moines in 2050.
The HUD in Iowa website provides information, resources and local news about housing in Iowa.
The report indicates ten indicators are responsible for housing need or surplus while linked to population growth, housing unit supply, and housing value in Iowa.
Ephemeral gully erosion, which is a significant cause of soil loss from agricultural fields, is the focus of a USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program. The project uses research,and education to control ephemeral gully erosion efficiently.
The report presents projections about potential effects of global warming on Iowa, such as severe summer heat, more dangerous storms and floods, and new threats to agricultural production.
Iowa Climate statement - 2012 offers information for climate impacts on droughts and floods, and the 2013 climate statement includes information for climate impact on agriculture.
Iowa DNR website includes data on emissions of greenhouse gases in emissions inventory programs. Reports and documents within the website can be used to track and credit companies in Iowa that reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases and increase energy efficiency.
The goal of UI USGBC is assisting to design and install rain gardens across the University of Iowa campus.
U.S. Green Building Council Iowa Chapter's website includes a history of the Iowa Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the goal of the council, and green school project information.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources website for climate change provides definition of climate change, and illustrates how climate change affects Iowa.
A website that provides information and resources about climate and climate change.
Iowa climate statements offer information for latest climate impacts on agriculture and public health in Iowa.
A repository of GIS resources related to data in the state of Iowa. Contains shapefiles, road files, geographic, and political datasets from Iowa at the county level.
Area Development Iowa Resource Page
Found here is the IOWATER website. IOWATER is a volunteer water quality monitoring program.
The Natural Resources Geographic Information Systems (NRGIS) Library is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) repository developed and maintained by the GIS Section of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
A number of programs, educational opportunities, and an overview of the Conservation Reserve Program are provided.
A list of programs including the Urban Conservation Program and the Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation Program.
Iowa Flood Information System's website is a one-stop web-platform to access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications.
Iowa’s central location for advanced research and education focused on floods. The Iowa Flood Center's website provides links to flood resources, including publications, a photo gallery, and data sources.
Found here is the West Des Moines, Iowa City Code pertaining to the Jordan Creek Overlay District.
From Iowa State University - News on agriculture and natural resources.
Iowa Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
From Iowa State University - Soil survey and digital soil data: soil suitability and interpretations.
Provides a link to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study for Iowa and a list of Iowa's impaired waters.
From Iowa State University - A memorandum on how and why to preserve farmland.
A hub for information pertaining to agriculture law. Contains links to agricultural law journals and law databases. Some sources require a Drake University student ID to access.
Tools and resources provided by PlanIowa.com.
Drake University's online source for a variety of links covering environmental and natural resources law.
Presents the Iowa Drainage Dristrict Association's (IDDA) website.
Access this link to view the Regional Smart Plan for Dubuque County and its website.
The Land Use Policy Plan is the comprehensive plan for the City of Ames, Iowa. Access to the complete Land Use Policy Plan can be found here.
From Iowa State University - News and other information on Community and Economic Development (CED).
The State Data Center of Iowa provides population, business and governmental statistics about Iowa.
This link will direct you toward PlanIowa.com's website. Website visitors can explore case studies from around the country, as well as access a variety of links to tools for public participation and surveying.
The Public Policy Center's (PPC) mission at the University of Iowa is to provide decision-makers with information that can make lifestyles and communities thrive in sustainable ways through academic research.
A number of resources from the American Planning Association (APA) can be found here. From the APA Iowa Chapter and APA National, resources range from training and educational opportunities to resource links and membership information.
Drake University's online source for a variety of links to Iowa municipal codes.
Part 1 (Zoning Manual) and Part 2 (Zoning Manuscript) of the Dubuque County Rural Model Smart Code can be accessed here.
The Ames Urban Fringe Plan (2006) is a shared land use plan cooperatively developed by Boone County, Story County, the City of Ames and the City of Gilbert.
The City of Dubuque's Unified Development Code (UDC).
The Agricultural Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) system is used to assess land for agricultural use and economic potential. It is being used in seven Iowa counties.
From Iowa State University - An online store full of resources such as land use guides and memos.
From Iowa State University - The blog on land use and zoning.
Iowa City's Comprehensive Plan presents a vision for the city, provides a strategy for realizing the vision and sets policies for the growth and development of specific geographic areas of the city.
Community Housing Initiatives, Inc. (CHI) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and has been designated a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) for the entire State of Iowa. CHI focuses on increasing affordable housing across the state. They provide planning services, feasibility studies, and more.
Details the State Housing Trust Fund, administered by the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA).
Many Councils of Governments (COGs) provide housing assistance programs, although program details vary by region.
Links to examples of farmer's markets in Iowa - The Freight House Farmer's Market in Davenport, Iowa and the Downtown Farmer's Market in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Iowa Park and Recreation Association's mission is to support the enhancement of park, recreation and conservation opportunities through education, resource tools and advocacy. A link to their website is provided.
The Main Street Iowa Program's mission is to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa's communities. Please follow the link for more information.
Tools and resources related to gathering public input and increasing public participation. Provided by PlanIowa.com.
The Iowa Farmers’ Market Development Manual provides an easy-to-use reference guide for those who want to start a new market, expand an existing market, or participate in the selling of goods.
The Iowa League of Cities is a membership-based organization that advocates for municipalities and provides resources such as publications and trainings for its members.
The Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) offers a wide variety of services, which can be found on their website.
The Iowa Councils of Governments (COGs) provide professional planning, programming, and technical assistance to Iowa’s cities, counties, businesses, community organizations and Iowans of all ages.
A list of the fringe area agreements for Johnson County, Iowa.
Access to the City of Ankeny, Iowa Comprehensive Plan (2010) is given here.
Overview and detailed description of Iowa Code Chapter 28E: Joint Exercise of Governmental Powers.
From Iowa State University - A wide variety of free and low cost memos on administrative and procedural topics, which are available for download at the extension online store.
PlanIowa.com provides an extensive list of tools for cities and counties to use to engage the public, including a video series.
Provided is a list of model plans and case studies from Iowa and across the country.
The West Des Moines, Iowa Board of Adjustment (BOA) offers a guide for people interested in understanding the finer details of how a BOA operates.
Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area preserves and tells the story of American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area.
GROWN Locally is a cooperative of small, local farms in Northeast Iowa dedicated to providing fresh, high quality foods to local food service institutions.
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition builds partnerships, educates Iowans, and helps to establish safe and enjoyable bicycle transportation and recreation networks throughout Iowa.
Offers information on employment, business and industry, workforce, cost of living and much more.
The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) offers a variety of programs that address a continuum of housing needs, from homeless assistance to multifamily rental and homeownership.
Found here is a publication of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), and Main Street Iowa.
A guide to transportation funding programs from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
The Des Moines Register provides an overview of the Ingersoll Avenue lane diet project.
Offers publications and resources on various topics such as electric, gas, water, wastewater, and stormwater.
Statewide Urban Design And Specifications (SUDAS) manuals provide common urban standards for public improvements such as sanitary sewers, water mains, streets, sidewalks, utility locations, signalization, drainage and erosion control.
Provides links to resources for communities on public education, public participation, construction site runoff control, illicit discharge prevention, post construction, and pollution prevention.
The Iowa Stormwater Management Manual. For a complete overview and a link to the manual please use the link given here.
Rainscaping Iowa's website offers extensive info on best management practices related to stormwater management, including links to publications.
Iowa Onsite Waste Water Association (IOWWA) works to educate its members and the public about the benefits of quality onsite, or “septic,” wastewater systems.
The website of the Energy Division found within the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The Energy Division at IEDA is focused on creating long-term economic growth opportunities for Iowans through energy efficiency improvements, investment in clean energy and biofuels, and supporting sound energy policies.
Provided by the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency (IAEE) - A number of educational opportunities on energy efficiency is detailed on their website.
The West Des Moines Pattern Book is a resource for homeowners on the basics of updating or renovating a home using good design practices.
Overview and guidebook to Iowa's Certified Local Government Program.
The West Des Moines, Iowa Plan and Zoning Commission (PZC) offers a guide for people interested in understanding the finer details of how a PZC operates.