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 City Council AMES PLAN 2040 Update

Next Workshop July 16th-Scenario Discussion


The City of Ames has kicked off its efforts for updating its community planning through the year 2040. We have had over 400 people participate in the online survey and over 300 people participate in workshops and meetings through March 2019.  We are still seeking public input during this initial phase as we continue with preparation for the next phases of Ames Plan 2040.

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The current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1997 and was principally concerned with land use and growth of Ames through 2030. The city has grown by more than 16,000 people since the adoption of the last Plan. The city has eclipsed many of the growth projections and altered its growth assumptions and patterns contained in the current plan. Due to the changes, the City Council determined that the City would pursue the preparation of a new Comprehensive Plan.

The creation of a new Comprehensive Plan will be an 18-month process that includes multiple phases of public participation on issues related to new development, growth, and sustaining the existing community. A diagram of the major tasks and phasing can be found here. The first phase of public outreach is to identify people’s interests and vision for the future.


Comp Plan 1


Background Information  

NEW - July 16th Scenario Presentation

April 23 Presentation of Scenarios  

April 2nd Presentation of Public Input   

Public Input Emerging Themes March 2019

Existing Conditions-Economic Report March 2019

Ames Public Kick-Off Boards February/March 2019

City Council Kick-off Summary  12/18/18 

City Council Workshop 4/2/19


City Council members work to establish Ames Comprehensive Plan priorities during a kick-off input session at a recent City Council meeting.

Planning Documents

The City's current 1997 Land Use Policy Plan (LUPP) includes four topics (Land Use, Mobility, Environmental and Parks, Recreation and Open Space) to help address goals of the City related to growth. The City defined a vision for the future within the LUPP and included 10 goals and related objectives for attaining this vision and managing growth. The LUPP also includes references to implementation policies and other sub-area planning priorities, including the Ames Urban Fringe Plan for management of the two-mile area around the City.

You can find the current plan and other relevant documents at this link.


Kelly Diekmann, Director
Planning and Housing Department

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