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Iowa's Growth... Smart or Not?

January 31, 2007


The Des Moines Metropolitan area is the fastest growing region of the state and Dallas county one of the fasting growing in the country. Community leaders, city planners and citizens will get a chance to see a "Smart Growth Audit" released by researchers at the University of Iowa Extension to see how smart we're being about what is being built and where. Stephanie Weisenbach with 1,000 Friends of Iowa says "Smart Growth Audits" around the country have resulted in changes to local codes, development plans and decision-making processes.

"A smart growth audit examines local codes and whether those codes allow for certain smart growth practices to occur."

Weisenbach, whose group helped fund the audit, notes that given the rate of growth in Iowa cities, her organization can't keep an eye on every proposed project to see if it meets the goals of smart growth.

"Instead we are providing information about how local codes can be a tool for smart growth."

She adds that smart growth occurs though practices like providing transportation choices, protecting natural areas and farmland which benefit both the community and the land.

For more information online, go to www.design.iastate.edu/extension/desmoinessmartgrowthcodeaudit.php.

Dick Layman/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - IA