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February 13, 2019

As land use issues and the techniques used to address them become more complex, it is critical that local officials and community leaders understand the local planning and zoning process.

Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials is a three-hour workshop designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and board of adjustment members without formal training in the subjects. Using case scenarios in a highly-interactive format, the workshop highlights issues frequently faced in the land use process. 

January 2, 2019

Community Development Specialist Kameron Middlebrooks has been chosen as one of the Des Moines Register's 15 People to Watch in 2019.

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ISU Research Team Measures the 'Ripple Effects' of Community Visioning

Since its inception in 1996, the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program has made visible impacts in small Iowa communities, ranging from entrance signage and corridor enhancements to recreation trails and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes. 

Program staff have documented these impacts over the years through site visits, surveys, and one-on-one interviews. However, little has been done to understand the impacts of the program beyond physical changes to the landscape.

To identify the learning outcomes of participation in Community Visioning, program director and Iowa State University professor of landscape architecture Julia Badenhope decided to employ a relatively new research technique called “ripple effects mapping” in past visioning communities. 

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