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Last Entry On This Site

The City Council adopted the comprehensive plan on August 18, 2014.

This is the final entry on this site.  For future questions, please contact the City of Altoona Community Development Department:

Download the approved comprehensive plan at the city's website:

City Council Hearing - August 18

The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the comprehensive plan at their July 29th meeting. A City Council public hearing is planned for Monday, August 18 at 6:30 pm to consider adopting the comprehensive plan.  

Updated Draft of Plan

An updated draft of the plan is now available.  Click the links below to download - the plan is divided into 3 smaller files for easier viewing.

Part 1 of 3: Introduction and Chapter 1 (Land Use & Environment)

Part 2 of 3: Chapters 2-4 (Economic Development, Quality of Life, Housing)

Part 3 of 3: Chapters 5-6 (Transportation & Infrastructure, Implementation) and Appendix

Content changes have been made on the following pages: 43, 58, 72, 76, 77

Minor text changes, grammar edits, and aesthetic improvements were made on the following pages: 2, 10, 13, 16, 19, 23, 30, 33, 35, 40-42, 48, 50, 52-54, 56-58, 61, 63, 65, 70, 74, 78, 81, 84-87, 93 

Planning & Zoning Review July 29

The Planning & Zoning commission will hold a public hearing to review the comprehensive plan on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at City Hall.  See previous entry for the draft of the plan.

July 15 Open House

The comprehensive plan project team will host a public open house to receive feedback on the draft plan on July 15th:

Comprehensive Plan Open House
Tuesday, July 15
6:00 pm - Open House; 6:45 pm - Presentation
Altoona Fire Station, 950 Venbury Drive, Altoona

Download the meeting invitation: July Open House Poster.pdf


Download the draft plan at the links below.  The document is split into two parts to reduce file size:

Part 1_Altoona Comprehensive Plan DRAFT June 30.pdf (PDF, 6 MB)
Part 2_Altoona Comprehensive Plan DRAFT June 30.pdf (PDF, 10 MB)


All are welcome to review the plan and share their feedback.  You can share your thoughts at the July 15 event or use the "give your input" section of this web page. 

Committee Meeting June 12

The comprehensive plan steering committee will meet on Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at Altoona City Hall.

March Committee Meeting

Download the presentation from the March committee meeting: Altoona Committee Meeting - March.pdf

The presentation covers:
  • Land Use and Transportation Concepts for the South and East growth areas
  • Proposed Trails and Parks
  • Neighborhood Design & Environmental Considerations
  • Concept for development of commercial area at Adventureland Drive & 34th

Please Note: Concepts shown in the attachment above are rough drafts and will be revised over the coming months.  These concepts are intended to assist the city with planning for public investments and policies, but property owners decide if/when their land will be developed/redeveloped.

Public Meeting: What will Altoona be in 2035?

Please join the comprehensive plan committee and city staff on February 5th for a presentation and public discussion on how Altoona will grow and change over the next 20 years.

Comprehensive Plan Presentation: Envisioning Altoona in 2035
Wednesday, February 5th at 6 p.m.
Altoona Public Library: 700 8th St SW, Altoona

Visit with the project team as they present ideas for how Altoona can prepare for the possibility that its population could double in the next 20 years.  The first 15 minutes of the meeting will be an open house format, followed by a formal presentation at 6:15 that will cover the future of Altoona's housing, commercial/industrial development, transportation, and parks.

Download the meeting invitation: February Open House Poster.pdf

Public Meeting Notes & Demographics Report


Online TownHall Meeting: 
Community Survey:

On November 12, the City of Altoona hosted more than 60 community members at a public meeting, along with two focus group meetings, all to discuss the future of Altoona.  Click below to download the notes from these meetings.

Public Meeting Notes.pdf
Focus Group Notes.pdf

Click below to download a demographics report about Altoona's population growth, age and racial distribution, and statistics for housing, education and income.

Demographics Report Dec 2013.pdf

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Online Town Hall & Survey

Participate in the Online Town Hall Meeting!

Go to:  

Share your ideas with your neighbors and comment on ideas from others!

Take the Community Survey

A brief survey about goals for Altoona:

Two Ways to Share Your Ideas

Share your ideas for Altoona!  Here are two ways to get involved:

1. Take the community survey:

2. Attend the Community Goals Workshop on November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station (950 Venbury Drive).  See below for details or click here to view the invitation: Altoona Community Goals Poster.pdf

Community Invited to Share Ideas Nov 12

All are welcome to attend the Community Goals workshop! 

November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Altoona Fire Station (950 Venbury Drive).

What are the most important goals for Altoona in the next 10-20 years?
  • Add new jobs and businesses?
  • Expand the trail system?
  • Provide more housing options?
  • Build community pride and identity?
Come to the workshop to share your opinion!  This 90-minute meeting will include a brief presentation followed by small group discussions. Attendees will help determine goals for the new Altoona Comprehensive Plan, which will provide a guide for future city investments and policies. All are welcome.

Download the invitation/flyer here: Altoona Community Goals Poster.pdf

You can also share your opinions through the online Community survey, here:

Committee Kicks Off Planning

The comprehensive plan committee held their first meeting on Tuesday, October 22 to discuss the planning process and their goals for the comprehensive plan. 

Agenda: Agenda - Comprehensive Plan Committee, 10_22_13.pdf
Powerpoint Presentation: Powerpoint - Committee Meeting 1 - October 22.pdf
Notes on Group Discussion (also includes 10.23 parks board discussion notes): Committee Meeting 1 Notes.pdf

Next Meeting:
The City invites the public and the committee to attend a community visioning session on November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station - 950 Venbury Drive.


The Altoona Comprehensive Plan update is underway!  Click on the "about" page for more details, and check here on the home page for meeting announcements and drafts of the plan as they become available.

The steering committee will hold their first meeting on October 22nd at 7 p.m. at City Hall.  A public kickoff meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12th at 7 p.m. (check back here soon for details).  

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