Model Codes, Ordinances, and Plans

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    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.

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    Form-Based Codes Institute is a nonprofit that not only dedicates to promoting knowledge and use of form-based codes, but also develops standards for form-based codes.

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    A list of the fringe area agreements for Johnson County, Iowa.

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    The International Property Maintenance Code provides model code regulations that contain clear and specific property maintenance requirements with required property improvement provisions.

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    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.

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    Provided is a list of model plans and case studies from Iowa and across the country.

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    Found here is the West Des Moines, Iowa City Code pertaining to the Jordan Creek Overlay District.

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    This link will direct you toward'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.

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    Access this link to view the Regional Smart Plan for Dubuque County and its website.

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    Part 1 (Zoning Manual) and Part 2 (Zoning Manuscript) of the Dubuque County Rural Model Smart Code can be accessed here.

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    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.

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    Handbook sponsored by Omaha by Design. The handbook sets out to improve the appearance of Omaha’s streets and create a setting that is welcoming to pedestrians and cyclists as well as drivers and transit users.

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    The City of Dubuque's Unified Development Code (UDC).

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    This link provides a video that summarizes the components of the St. Paul, Minnesota Way-finding Master Plan.

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    The West Des Moines Pattern Book is a resource for homeowners on the basics of updating or renovating a home using good design practices.