Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program

The Community Visioning Program integrates landscape planning and design with sustainable action to empower community leaders and volunteers in making sound, meaningful decisions about the local landscape. Communities work closely with technical experts from Trees Forever, a private-sector landscape architect, and the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture to create a transportation enhancement plan reflecting the values and identity of the community. Successful completion of the visioning process results in a transportation enhancement plan and implementation strategies that empower communities to build meaningful townscapes, step by step, as resources become available.

Download our recruiting flier to see examples of projects completed by visioning communities.

Sandra Oberbroeckling


Sandra Oberbroeckling

Target Audience

Iowa communities with populations of fewer than 10,000 people with transportation enhancement planning needs (e.g., roads, streetscapes, trails, sidewalk systems, entrance corridors, walkability/bikeability).

Delivery Method

Facilitated meetings, on-site assessments, technical design assistance, and public workshops. The process begins in November and ends the following November.


Commitment of $2,000 (either cash or in-kind) toward completion of one project.



Community must form a local steering committee consisting of a cross-section of the community’s demographics, including youth. The steering committee is required to commit to a series of meetings totaling 100 hours over the course of a year.

How to Apply

Visit the website at and click on Apply in the top right corner of the page.