Located 17-miles south of Des Moines, Indianola is a community of 14,872 people that is poised for growth. City leaders interested in sustainable, smart growth retained Snyder & Associates to develop a new Comprehensive Plan for the city as well as the 2-mile area surrounding it.
The project included population projections, analysis of land use needs, and calculation of recent land consumption based on land use. Environmental constraints were analyzed, including wetlands, floodplain, severe slopes, and unsuitable soils. With input from the steering committee, the opportunities and challenges facing Indianola as it grows were brought into focus.
The Future Land Use Plan offers a vision of the future with a primary focus on growth areas. The plan is complemented by a Transportation Plan that includes new parkways interconnecting neighborhoods in the community and providing alternative travel routes to alleviate congestion and serve the city’s needs. To enhance the quality of life, future parks and trails were incorporated into the plan. The included framework for decision-making provides design criteria for development and addresses levels of compatibility between various uses.
The Growth Management Plan is a key component of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan and identifies policies to guide future development, including infill development. The plan includes a prioritized annexation plan that directs growth to areas economically served by municipal utilities while maintaining a variety of choice in site selection. Each identified growth area was analyzed based on the availability of municipal services and anticipated land use. Existing infrastructure within these areas was evaluated with respect to its condition and capability to handle growth. The Growth Management Plan also includes costs for bringing substandard infrastructure into compliance.
The plan includes an implementation strategy to help ensure its effectiveness. Recommendations for policy changes, action items, or capital improvement project were defined and assigned a time frame for completion.
The City Council formally adopted the 2011 Comprehensive Plan on November 7, 2011.