East Central Iowa Council of Governments: Linn County Strategic Growth Plans and Fringe-Area Agreements

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

The East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) provided planning services for the development of Linn County Strategic Growth Plans and Fringe-Area Agreements between Linn County and four of its cities (to-date). Linn County, the second largest county in the state, has seen increasing growth in the last 20 years with development pressure extending beyond city limits into the rural fringe. By entering into these agreements, the new growth is managed through simple policies regarding subdivision and zoning approvals that promote incremental development. These intergovernmental agreements promote compact growth patterns, reduce public infrastructure costs, and encourage the retention of viable agricultural operations. ECICOG facilitated public meetings and mapping charrettes, developed and wrote plans, and assisted with the adoption process.

Chad Sands, Community Development Director: [email protected]
Doug Elliott, Executive Director: [email protected]

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