Comprehensive Plan - Ames Plan 2040 - live, grow, belong

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 City Council AMES PLAN 2040 Update


NEW Online "Future Growth Survey" input tool

with an Interactive Map

 This brief survey (five slides) is a NEW opportunity for the Public to give input!

Input is specifically desired on the scenario planning work (north, south, east and/or west growth options) prepared by the consultant and presented to the City Council at their workshop on July 16 and presented at the Aug 22 Public Open House.

Each option shows how an additional 15,000 new residents might be accommodated, IF growth were to be in only one direction. (For a  copy of the July 16th and August 22nd presentations go to Data & Resources, below).

Public input received at the Aug 22 Open House has been included within the comments sections of the online tool.

Thank you! During our initial public input period (through March 2019), over 400 people participated in the online survey and over 300 people participated in the workshops and meetings.


Click here to sign up for Comments/Notifications.

The City of Ames has kicked off its efforts for updating its community planning through the year 2040.

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.


Data & Resources:

Council works to establish priorities at Kick-Off

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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