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Future Land Use Map - Indianola, IA

Community Planning

Enriching Community Livability

Effective community planning is crucial for establishing sustainable, dynamic, and fair neighborhoods that residents take pride in. At Snyder & Associates, we assist communities in defining and working towards their future aspirations.

From the outset of community involvement to the finalization of the plan, we adopt a comprehensive and forward-looking approach. We gather insights from local leaders, property owners, and other invested parties through public engagement sessions and online communication methods. This input forms the basis for guiding stakeholders towards well-founded objectives and goals.

Through close collaboration with stakeholders and by harnessing the diverse expertise of our team, we formulate plans that meticulously account for community identity and requirements, aiming to enhance overall quality of life. From the creation of the plan to its execution, we work closely with public officials, regulatory bodies, funding organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure project success. Our plans prioritize community assets and distinctiveness, incorporating precise strategies for effective execution.

Planning for Community Resiliency

Our objective is to lead the creation and execution of strategies that foster well-functioning, adaptable communities with a strong capacity to handle and adjust to shifts. Collaborating closely with our clients, we delve into the intricate relationship between social aspects and the physical surroundings, which significantly impact a community’s resilience in the face of social, ecological, and economic challenges.

By examining data related to natural disasters, we seek out trends and recommend practical, budget-friendly measures. In situations involving unforeseen economic upheavals such as statewide recessions or the departure of a key local employer, we can assist in devising plans to mitigate losses and simultaneously stimulate recovery and advancement.

Snyder & Associates’ Community Planning Principles

We are committed to applying the guiding principles of our firm’s community planning throughout every phase of a project. These principles encompass:


We recognize that effective planning and engineering methods must align with the specific character and requirements of a community. By closely collaborating with our clients, we facilitate engagement with the public and stakeholders throughout the planning process. This ensures that the proposed plans garner the necessary support to move ahead.


Our plans prioritize both environmental and economic sustainability. We employ best practices in land use, infrastructure planning, and engineering, tailoring them to suit the unique needs of our clients.


Recognizing that each project impacts individuals differently based on their proximity and personal situations, we integrate sensitivity and contextual analyses into our projects. This approach ensures that costs and benefits are equitably distributed, avoiding any disproportionate effects on specific demographics.

Natural Resources Management

We advocate responsible management of natural resources, striving to limit ecosystem impacts and prevent resource depletion. Our services include various resource management strategies, such as wetland delineation, inventories of bat and avian species, mapping, and compliance with NEPA regulations for publicly funded projects.


Our primary objective is to contribute to the formulation and execution of plans that cultivate resilient communities capable of responding to and adapting to shifts in the economic, environmental, and social landscape.

Transportation Planning

We work closely with our clients to determine optimal transportation solutions aligned with their community’s needs and budget. From expanding transportation options to enhancing traffic safety and mobility, our experienced planning and engineering team offers valuable insights.

Smart Development

As communities grow, we assist in identifying suitable areas for future development to minimize conflicts, enhance quality of life, and maximize the potential of site development.

By adhering to these principles, we ensure that our projects are not only well-planned but also finely attuned to the specific dynamics and needs of the communities they serve.

Our Community Planning Services

Comprehensive & Land Use Planning

Land use plans serve as a roadmap for a community’s future actions. They articulate a vision for the future, outlining long-term goals and objectives that impact local governance. Our approach focuses on creating land use plans that make communities more attractive. We achieve this by assessing how land is currently being used and ensuring it aligns with social and environmental considerations. Moreover, our plans are strengthened by involving the public in a collaborative process aimed at improving the overall quality of life in the community.

Growth Management

Annexation studies assess the advantages and drawbacks of integrating land into a city, ensuring that this action aligns with the city’s and property owner’s best interests. Our studies comprehensively examine factors like land usage, zoning regulations, projected population growth, infrastructure, and taxable value, as well as the direct and indirect services offered. These insights enable informed decisions regarding annexation or the establishment of a 28E agreement.


Housing studies analyze the current housing inventory and patterns of development. This involves gathering data from building permit records, market trends, economic indicators, and demographic traits. By conducting these studies, we gauge the community’s standing within the region and pinpoint requirements and suggestions to remain competitive and cultivate diversity in housing options.

Quality of Life Enhancements

For every community plan and study we undertake, our objective is to preserve or establish a distinct sense of location and character. We achieve this by integrating design approaches that center on aspects like physical well-being, family, education, job opportunities, safety, and sustainability. Our endeavors embrace a comprehensive method to enhance the livability of neighborhoods and promote intelligent growth.

Public Facilities & Services

We assess current public facilities and services to gauge a community’s readiness for upcoming expansion. Based on our evaluation, we offer suggestions that are sorted by priority to rectify present deficiencies or projected future requirements, all aimed at enhancing the overall quality of life.

Infrastructure Planning

Our all-encompassing plans tackle both infrastructure necessities and upcoming trends. We offer mapping, recommendations, and financing possibilities supported by engineering expertise. This covers utilities, various transportation modes, transit, road design, community amenities, and geographic information systems (GIS). Click here to learn more about our infrastructure planning services.

Master Planning

Master plans focus on the growth or rejuvenation of specific areas such as neighborhoods, downtown areas, parks, or public spaces. These plans align with community planning by providing a strategic framework for how these areas can be developed, reimagined, or enhanced to meet the needs and aspirations of the community. They consider aspects like land use, design, infrastructure, transportation, and amenities, contributing to the overall vision and goals of the community as a whole. Master plans ensure that these individual components are integrated harmoniously into the broader context of the community’s development.

Multi-Modal Transportation Planning

Our transportation plans meticulously consider both current requirements and future expectations to establish transportation networks that are not only safe and efficient but also in harmony with the essence of the community.

This concept aligns with multi-modal transportation planning, which involves creating transportation systems that accommodate various modes of travel such as walking, cycling, public transit, and private vehicles. By integrating these different modes, the transportation plan aims to offer diverse options for getting around, reduce congestion, promote sustainability, and enhance overall accessibility for residents while respecting the unique identity of the community. Discover more about our multi-modal transportation planning services here.

Implementation Strategies

Implementing the goals and objectives of a comprehensive community plan requires a diverse array of actions and involvement from various individuals and organizations. We work to identify potential sources of funding, accountable parties, and project prioritization. This ensures that our plans are feasible for execution and function as effective planning tools.

Ordinance & Policy Updates

We assess community ordinances and policies to accommodate evolving trends, guarantee the synchronization of local regulations with relevant state and federal laws, and maintain the competitiveness of communities for economic advancement. By being proactive, we facilitate the creation of ordinances and policies that oversee responsible growth and development practices within the community.

Public Engagement & Meeting Facilitation

We employ a range of both in-person and online methods to engage with our client communities. These methods include organizing events like open houses, charrettes, and focus groups, as well as integrating with existing events such as farmers’ markets or community fairs. Additionally, we utilize online platforms like project websites, social media, interactive mapping, and surveys to facilitate engagement and gather input. Click here to learn how our public engagement & meeting facilitation services can help your community.