Guidebooks or Reports/Memos

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 11:57 am CDT

    A guidebook from the University of Wisconsin Extension Office that provides community residents with a process for thinking about and planning for their mutual future.

  • Updated: 03/16/2020 2:56 pm CDT

    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.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 11:21 am CDT

    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. 

  • Updated: 02/06/2019 11:57 am CST

    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.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 2:56 pm CDT

    Area Development Iowa Resource Page

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    Handbook provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This document is a resource guide on public involvement best practices and strategies. Better Decisions Through Consultation and Collaboration U.S. EPA Better Decisions Through Consultation and Collaboration 15.00

  • Updated: 03/27/2019 4:50 pm CDT

    Overview and guidebook to Iowa's Certified Local Government Program.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 11:58 am CDT

    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.

  • Updated: 02/27/2019 9:28 pm CST

    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.

  • Updated: 02/13/2019 9:24 pm CST

    Found here is a publication of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), and Main Street Iowa.

  • Updated: 03/27/2019 11:54 am CDT

    From Iowa State University - Soil survey and digital soil data: soil suitability and interpretations.

  • Updated: 03/27/2019 4:58 pm CDT

    A guide to preparing the economic development element of a comprehensive plan.

  • Updated: 02/27/2019 9:48 pm CST

    Guidebook from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and the American Planning Association (APA).

  • Updated: 03/16/2020 2:55 pm CDT

    A guide for local governments on implementing a comprehensive plan.

  • Updated: 02/13/2019 8:52 pm CST

    A list of programs including the Urban Conservation Program and the Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation Program.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 2:59 pm CDT

    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.

  • Updated: 09/30/2015 1:00 am CDT

    The main website for the Enterprise Green Community Criteria.

  • Updated: 03/27/2019 6:00 pm CDT

    The Iowa Stormwater Management Manual. For a complete overview and a link to the manual please use the link given here.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 11:40 am CDT

    From Iowa State University - An online store full of resources such as land use guides and memos.

  • Updated: 01/27/2019 4:08 pm CST

    From the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - The Local Government Climate and Energy Strategy Series gives an overview of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies that local governments can use.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 12:07 pm CDT

    Manual providing guidance on achieving balanced street design that accommodates cars while ensuring that pedestrians, cyclists and transit users can travel safely and comfortably.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 2:53 pm CDT

    The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) website provides information about grants, education opportunities, and links to parks and recreation publications.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 2:54 pm CDT

    The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) website provides information on how to nominate a historic place, a historic places database, guidelines for evaluating historic places, and more.

  • Updated: 09/24/2015 9:18 am CDT

    From Iowa State University - A memorandum on how and why to preserve farmland.

  • Updated: 03/27/2019 6:00 pm CDT

    Rainscaping Iowa's website offers extensive info on best management practices related to stormwater management, including links to publications.

  • Updated: 03/27/2019 6:02 pm CDT

    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.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 12:02 pm CDT

    Here website users will find video, a reference guide, and resource links for community storytelling.

  • Updated: 04/17/2019 12:08 pm CDT

    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.