the tomorrow planPartnering for a Greener Greater Des Moines
1   About the project2   Getting started3   Where we are today4   Discussion
1   About the project
isinvolved?                                       greater                                       des moinesWho?Everyone who...
why now?  What?sUPPorT for sUsTainable Planning         Greater Des moines was one of 45 regions around         the countr...
what isregionalplanning?   Regional planning is about   collaboration and coordination.   It is an approach to planning an...
what is     sustainability?A sustainable process or way of life canbe carried out over and over withoutdamaging effects or...
where?                                     polk city                                                                    35...
When?   The Tomorrow Plan is a 20-month process that began   in July 2011 and encompasses five phases of work.     1 2 3 4...
cUmming                                         warrenWhy?                      35The past 20 years have seen a patchwork ...
why here?growTh and change in greaTer des moines    Regional Expansion, 1992 - 2011          study area Regional Urbanizat...
Land Use Change                                    hickman road                  merle hay road                           ...
SMAll lot SubDiviSion                                                        Merle Haye Boulevard                         ...
ashworth road1938 - before                   West Des Moines
lArGer lot SubDiviSion                                                                             i-35               ashw...
county highway r22                                        ad                                    e ro                      ...
exurbAn DevelopMent      county highway r22                                                                               ...
ne 94th avenue    ne 46th street                                      ne 56th street1938 - before                         ...
rurAl lAnD uSe intenSificAtion                           ne 94th avenue    ne 46th street                                 ...
2   Getting started
Project Launch                 9.13.2011
9.13.2011
Elements of Sustainabilitybuilt environment                           social equity   LAND USE                 Land use   ...
Systems Thinking“Systems thinking” is a way of looking atthe interconnectedness of the world. In thecontext of regional pl...
LIvInG REGIOnALLyGOAL: Demonstrate range of                        Where would youexisting regional networks              ...
“the ability to love a region is what makes life a joy.it’s what makes people want to live here. nature iscentral to this ...
community: “this underlieseverything... it’s what we’re for.”“community resilience in the face of risingenergy costs and a...
housing: “affordability,homelessness, cheap housingfor the elderly.”economic development: “our future viabilityand quality...
A common refrain was that drivingis very easy and very convenientthroughout the region. Manydiscussed how they valued thei...
A native of Alabama who had justcompleted her masters degree, shedescribed how she selected DesMoines as the place where s...
“tomorrow i want to see…clean, vital culturally-astounding city/region with beautiful markers asa sense of place where we ...
PROJECT LAUnCh QUESTIOnnAIREGOALS: Generate quantitative understanding ofkey issues and attitudes towards sustainability.t...
EMERGInG ThEMES                           access to  livable                            naturalcommunities                ...
“    at the core, i also believe    that iowans are folks with    a lot of common sense, and    common sense rules when   ...
3   Where we are today
Issues  •	Driving Today  •	Biking and Transit Today  •	A healthy Economy  •	Our Economy Today  •	housing Costs  •	Connecti...
4   Discussion
1what is most distinctiveand enjoyable about yourarea within the greaterdes moines region? whatis most troublesome aboutyo...
2The year is 2040. You havenot aged. Greater DesMoines is a national leaderin sustainable communities.How are you living, ...
3what do we need to do nowto make a more sustainablegreater des moines?what sustainability effortsare currently underway?
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  1. 1. the tomorrow planPartnering for a Greener Greater Des Moines
  2. 2. 1 About the project2 Getting started3 Where we are today4 Discussion
  3. 3. 1 About the project
  4. 4. isinvolved? greater des moinesWho?Everyone who lives, works &residenTsplays in Greater Des Moines.This is your project–your participation and input are critical to shape TheTomorrow Plan. feedback from everyone who is a part of greater des moinestoday needs to be heard as we plan for the future. we invite you to join usfor future public meetings and to stay in touch in the meanwhile at www. RESIDENTSthetomorrowplan.com.The Tomorrow TeamPlanning forTOMORROW TEAM and broad expertise. The des THE a region requires clear directionmoines area metropolitan Planning organization (mPo) is coordinating thiseffort. The Tomorrow Plan’s steering committee provides guidance and oversight Steering Committee Des Moines Area MPOto the team of mPo staff and consultants who are taking the lead on day-to-day Technical Committee Consultant Teamplanning tasks. Together, this group makes up The Tomorrow Team. Partners Committee
  5. 5. why now? What?sUPPorT for sUsTainable Planning Greater Des moines was one of 45 regions around the country to receive funding from the inaugural Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. This $2 million grant for regional planning efforts and long-term sustainability has been matched by about $1.1 million in local funds, indicating strong national and local support for sustainable planning. 45 sustainable communities regional Planning Grants were awarded in 2010 The state of iowa has also demonstrated its increased commitment to planning by adopting the iowa smart Planning act in april 2010. The ParTnershiP for sUsTainable commUniTies
  6. 6. what isregionalplanning? Regional planning is about collaboration and coordination. It is an approach to planning and governance that aligns economic, social, and environmental issues in order to guide investments and provide for the long-term health of the region.
  7. 7. what is sustainability?A sustainable process or way of life canbe carried out over and over withoutdamaging effects or imposing unfairlyhigh costs on anyone.
  8. 8. where? polk city 35 ankeny bondurant grimes johnston mitchellville altoona urbandale 6 windsorwaukee clive heights pleasant 235 hill west des moines des moines80 65 carlisle 35 cumming 69 norwalk
  9. 9. When? The Tomorrow Plan is a 20-month process that began in July 2011 and encompasses five phases of work. 1 2 3 4 5 July 2011 - Sept 2011 project start July 2011 - Dec 2011 where we are, where we’re going Dec 2011 - July 2012 possible futures June 2012 - Nov 2012 preferred future Sept 2012 - Feb 2013 let’s make it happen
  10. 10. cUmming warrenWhy? 35The past 20 years have seen a patchwork ofgrowth in greater des moines. new developmenthas been located according to the needs of eachmunicipality rather than the region as a whole.The Tomorrow Plan presents an opportunity tocoordinate anticipated change in the region.By 2035 the population of Greater Des Moinesis expected to grow to 650,000 people—anincrease of 35%.
  11. 11. why here?growTh and change in greaTer des moines Regional Expansion, 1992 - 2011 study area Regional Urbanization 1992 - 2011 limits city 35 sTUdy area major roads ciTy limiTs railroad major roads railroad urbanized since 2006 [13,957 acres] Urbanized since 2006 [13,957 acres] Urbanized 2001 - 2006 [21,327 acres] PolK ciTy urbanized 2001 - 2006 [21,327 acres] Urbanized 1992 - 2001 [13,174 acres] Urbanized Prior 1992 [114,453 acres] urbanized 1992 - 2001 [13,174 acres] sources: analysIs PerformeD By GeoaDaPTIve, Inc BaseD on usGs urbanized prior 1992 [114,453 acres] naTIonal lanD cover 2006 DaTa from lanDsaT saTellITes anD counTy Parcels DaTa anKeny grimes johnsTon bondUranT Polk alToona miTchellville Urbandale 6 windsor waUKee clive heighTs 235 PleasanT hill Dallas wesT 80 des moines des moines 65 carlisle norwalK maDIson 69 cUmming warren 35 miles 0 1 2 4 6 Rev. 9.7.2011
  12. 12. Land Use Change hickman road merle hay road franklin avenue1938 - before Des Moines
  13. 13. SMAll lot SubDiviSion Merle Haye Boulevard hickman road merle hay road franklin avenue2009 - after Traditional Lots – In older neighborhoods of Des Moines, developers built 5-7 homes per acre, creating space for 2,000 or more families per square mile.
  14. 14. ashworth road1938 - before West Des Moines
  15. 15. lArGer lot SubDiviSion i-35 ashworth road2009 - after In recent decades larger lots became the norm, allowing just 2.5-3 families per acre. To house the same number of families as on traditional lots, perhaps twice as much land is needed.
  16. 16. county highway r22 ad e ro ill ev on bo1938 - before booneville
  17. 17. exurbAn DevelopMent county highway r22 ad e ro ill ev on bo2009 - after To preserve their rural character, some communities require homes to be built on 1-acre lots or larger. Exurban development is considered very troublesome by wildlife biologists, because housing 2,000 families consumes up to seven times the land of a traditional neighborhood.
  18. 18. ne 94th avenue ne 46th street ne 56th street1938 - before bondurant
  19. 19. rurAl lAnD uSe intenSificAtion ne 94th avenue ne 46th street ne 56th street2009 - after The pastures and hay meadows visible in the 1938 air photo are gone by 2009, in a process of land use intensification that affected the entire Midwest. Streams, wildlife and wetlands have dramatically changed.
  20. 20. 2 Getting started
  21. 21. Project Launch 9.13.2011
  22. 22. 9.13.2011
  23. 23. Elements of Sustainabilitybuilt environment social equity LAND USE Land use PLACEMAKING PlacemakingINFRASTRUCTURE Infrastructure COMMUNITY CommunityTRANSPORTATION Transportation GOVERNANCE Governance AIR QUALITY Air quality HOUSING HousingWATER QUALITY Water quality economic revitalization PUBLIC HEALTH Public health ECONOMIC Economic development DEVELOPMENT GOVERNMENT Government spendingnatural environment SPENDING EDUCATION High-quality education HYDROLOGY Hydrology Landscape + ecology resource flows LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGY Energy use CLIMATE &CLIMATE CHANGE Climate + climate change ENERGY USE MATERIALS & WASTE Waste Food* * Added in response to sugges- FOOD tions made at Project Launch
  24. 24. Systems Thinking“Systems thinking” is a way of looking atthe interconnectedness of the world. In thecontext of regional planning, systemsthinking means looking for ways forgovernment, businesses, andindividuals to see the ECONOMIClarger systems in REVITALIZATIONwhich we alloperate. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT BUILT ENVIRONMENT RESOURCE FLOWS SOCIAL EQUITY
  25. 25. LIvInG REGIOnALLyGOAL: Demonstrate range of Where would youexisting regional networks go for a picnic?Where do yougo to school? Where does your best friend live? Where is your favorite locate your home “special occasion” restaurant? Where would you be on a sunday? Where did you last buy a pair of shoes?try it! www.thetomorrowplan.com/get-involved/
  26. 26. “the ability to love a region is what makes life a joy.it’s what makes people want to live here. nature iscentral to this love of place.”land use: “critical to future growth,development, and smart planning.”
  27. 27. community: “this underlieseverything... it’s what we’re for.”“community resilience in the face of risingenergy costs and a changing climate is my mainconcern for the spaces and places i call home.”governance: “more integratedplanning for the greatest good of alland more efficient use of resources.”
  28. 28. housing: “affordability,homelessness, cheap housingfor the elderly.”economic development: “our future viabilityand quality of life hinge on our ability to competefor the most talented professionals and best jobs.”
  29. 29. A common refrain was that drivingis very easy and very convenientthroughout the region. Manydiscussed how they valued theirshort commutes because of the timeit provided for quality family life.One gentleman described how hewas concerned about how regionalgrowth might transform his 8-minutecommute into a 12-minute commute.
  30. 30. A native of Alabama who had justcompleted her masters degree, shedescribed how she selected DesMoines as the place where she wantedto put down roots after a nation-wide consideration of cities. Theopportunities for a good quality oflife convinced her to move to Iowa(the second step was convincing herfriends to come join her).
  31. 31. “tomorrow i want to see…clean, vital culturally-astounding city/region with beautiful markers asa sense of place where we have licked poverty, jobdisplacement, hunger & poor public health.”“allow for individuality within a regionalplan. many iowans don’t like zoning limitsor other constraints on their choices.”
  32. 32. PROJECT LAUnCh QUESTIOnnAIREGOALS: Generate quantitative understanding ofkey issues and attitudes towards sustainability.try it! www.thetomorrowplan.com/get-involved/
  33. 33. EMERGInG ThEMES access to livable naturalcommunities environment quality of life resilient economy
  34. 34. “ at the core, i also believe that iowans are folks with a lot of common sense, and common sense rules when ” it comes to sustainability. —Questionnaire Response
  35. 35. 3 Where we are today
  36. 36. Issues • Driving Today • Biking and Transit Today • A healthy Economy • Our Economy Today • housing Costs • Connecting Assets and Resources • Changing Watershed Dynamics • Watersheds Today • Changing Landscape and Ecology
  37. 37. 4 Discussion
  38. 38. 1what is most distinctiveand enjoyable about yourarea within the greaterdes moines region? whatis most troublesome aboutyour area?what about the region as awhole?
  39. 39. 2The year is 2040. You havenot aged. Greater DesMoines is a national leaderin sustainable communities.How are you living, workingand playing differently thanyou are today? What has changed for the better? Has anything changed for the worse?
  40. 40. 3what do we need to do nowto make a more sustainablegreater des moines?what sustainability effortsare currently underway?

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