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Polk County Comprehensive Plan update

Polk County is in the beginning stages of updating Polk County’s current Comprehensive Plan Check back for more updates or contact us at publicworks@polkcountyiowa.gov

The project will include significant public participation and will encourage citizen input through multiple techniques to ensure an open public dialog through the development of the Comprehensive Plan update. The interaction and participation of residents, business leaders, elected officials, and administration is critical for the development and success of the plan.

The plan update will include assembling and analyzing data regarding existing conditions within Polk County including; demographics of population, economics, housing, and employment. Then utilizing that data to develop goals, policies, actions and an implementation plan to guide future development and decision making within the County.

The plan will include updates to existing topics including Land Use, Infrastructure, Environmental Quality, Agriculture, Economic Development and Housing that were part of the Polk 2030 plan.

  • New focus areas would include the significant corridors of NW 2nd Street, NE 14th Street and NE 46th (Broadway) Avenue within the unincorporated area including future land use, development scenarios and redevelopment design options.
    • With the corridor focus, an associated market study will be completed to help guide land use decisions and development.
  • In addition, further study will be performed in the historic unincorporated communities within Polk County.

Since Polk 2030, many plans and studies have been completed, adopted and implemented that are being utilized by Polk County and that should be considered, referenced and/or incorporated as part of the Comprehensive Plan preparation including

In addition, many of the area cities that are adjacent to unincorporated Polk County have updated their Comprehensive Plans. The land use plans from those cities plans should be considered in the update. Working together is important to align the County and cities to make sound land use, infrastructure and development decisions.