College of Design
http://www.design.iastate.edu

Programs Offered

CD-DIAL (Community Developmentā€“Data Information and Analysis Laboratory)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design

CD-DIAL works with communities, organizations, and state and local agencies to assist and build decision-making capacity in these groups, especially as they collect and use information about their local population members or the constituents they serve.


We conduct surveys through mail, online and telephone surveys. We work with stakeholders from conceptualizing the survey (i.e. questionnaire development, sampling, etc.) up to report writing/presentation of the result. We work closely with the client. The team gathers and analyzes the data, writes the report, and presents the results as requested by the client.

CD-DIAL can produce mailing lists if needed.  We can perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of data as well as spatial representation of data in the form of GIS maps.


Introduction to Plan and Zoning workshops (on-request workshops)
College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program will be delivered on request to cities, counties, or other groups. It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials. Topics include the comprehensive plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment in land use decision-making.


Introduction to Planning & Zoning workshops
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program is held in eight locations annually every spring.  It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials.  Topics include the comprehensive plan, the zoning and subdivision ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the planning commission and the board of adjustment in land use decision-making.


Iowa State University Community Design Lab
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Design

We believe that communities can be made more resilient with good design.  We partner with community leaders, non-profit organizations, and government agencies throughout the State of Iowa, using design knowledge and research expertise to help shape vibrant and empowered communities. We assist with projects related to health and wellness, community revitalization, and infrastructure and prototypes. 


PLACE (Partnering Learning and Community Engagement)
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design

Provides assistance to create concept plan aimed at enhancing and promoting quality and character of a landscape or community. Past projects include wayfinding plans, graphic design for Main Street businesses, development of downtown revitalization plans, city and county comprehensive plans, park and trail master plans, etc.


Special Planning Topics Workshops
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

These two- to three-hour programs will be offered as evening programs on request.  The host city or county and Mr. Taylor will agree on the topic in advance.  Popular topics are annexation, the Iowa Smart Planning Act, extraterritorial zoning and subdivision controls, the roles of the elected body, planning commission and zoning board of adjustment, current hot topics in planning law, and innovative planning practices.