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Smart Planning Task Force Goes to Work

June 23, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa - Before state lawmakers adjourned last year, they formed the Iowa Smart Planning Task Force, a group that will report back to the Legislature by November on the best way to rebuild Iowa towns damaged by the 2008 floods. Susan Judkins-Johnson with Rebuild Iowa says the task force is also charged with coming up with the best ways to expand other communities in the future.

"Such as, how we do a better job of regional planning, perhaps on a watershed basis; how the state can better organize resources to encourage planning."

She says the task force goals are to find ways to increase economic opportunity, protect environmental resources and improve Iowa's overall quality of life.

"And those cover a variety of factors, such as planning for housing, planning for transportation, giving economic factors consideration."

She thinks the recommendations will be well received by city and county officials as well as developers, since all have representatives on the panel. In the meantime, the group 1000 Friends of Iowa is co-sponsoring a conference on sustainable planning on June 29 with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowans Fit for Life. The registration deadline is June 24. Learn more by calling (515) 288-5364 or online at www.1000friendsofiowa.org.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA