Recent Updates:

Plan Completed

The comprehensive plan was approved by the Planning & Zoning commission on July 31 in a joint session with the City Council.  The City Council approved the document by resolution on August 1.  The plan will now serve as a guide for the commission and the council in setting policy and prioritizing public investments.  


This will be the last entry on this website.  For future questions on the comprehensive plan, please contact the city of Washington directly at (319) 653-6584, or through the city website: http://washingtoniowa.net/ 



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Excerpt from Council Minutes 08-01-2012 regarding approval of comprehensive plan:
"Motion by Hagie, seconded by Shepherd, to approve the Resolution Adopting the 2012 City of Washington 
Comprehensive Plan. Roll call on said motion as follows:  Ayes:  Hagie, Kendall, Shellmyer, Shepherd, Stark.  
Nays:  none.  Motion carried. (Resolution No. 2012-60)"

Council and P&Z commission to review plan

The Washington City Council and the planning and zoning commission will review the draft comprehensive plan at a joint meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at the Washington Public Library.  The planning and zoning commission will make a recommendation regarding the approval of the plan.  Members of the public are welcome. 

Click here to download the draft.

The comprehensive plan is also on the agenda for the Wednesday City Council meeting.  The council will review the recommendation made by the P&Z and take action. 

50 attend open house

Approximately 50 Washington residents attended an open house on Tuesday to review a draft of the comprehensive plan.  The plan will now be revised and passed on to the Washington planning and zoning commission.  If the commission approves the plan, it will be forwarded to the city council for review and a public hearing.

Click to download materials from Tuesday's meeting:



Review the Plan

A complete draft of the Washington comprehensive plan is available for review, in preparation for next Tuesday's public open house.  


Please join us at the community open house.  This is the last opportunity to provide input on the plan before it goes to the planning commission and city council for official review and approval.

Community Open House
Tuesday, June 26 
5:30 p.m. Open House  /  6 p.m. Presentation
Washington Public Library, 115 W Washington Street

The open house is an opportunity to present the draft comprehensive plan, gather public input, and allow greater transparency of the planning process.  The comprehensive plan will provide a vision and guide for the next 20 years of growth and change in Washington.  The plan will cover transportation, economic development, housing, land use, parks, natural resources, and more.  This will be the last public meeting before the plan is forwarded to the planning commission and city council for public hearings.


Please join us.  Your input is essential.  Light Refreshments will be served.

Help finalize the plan! June 26 at 5:30

The City of Washington invites you to help finalize the comprehensive plan.

 

Comprehensive Plan Open House

Tuesday, June 26

5:30 p.m. Open House  /  6 p.m. Presentation

Washington Public Library, 115 W Washington Street

 

The open house is an opportunity to present the draft comprehensive plan, gather public input, and allow greater transparency of the planning process.  The comprehensive plan will provide a vision and guide for the next 20 years of growth and change in Washington.  The plan will cover transportation, economic development, housing, land use, parks, natural resources, and more.  This will be the last public meeting before the plan is forwarded to the planning commission and city council for public hearings.

 

Please join us.  Your input is essential.  Light Refreshments will be served.

 

 

Plan Background

The comprehensive planning process began in October 2011, and public input has been sought throughout, including a previous public meeting in February 2012.  A 25-member committee of Washington residents is directing the efforts of Washington city staff and project consultants RDG Planning and Design.  For more information contact city hall at 319-653-5273 or review previous entries on this website.

Community Open House June 26

The City of Washington and the comprehensive steering committee will host a community open house to review a draft of the comprehensive plan. 

Washington Comprehensive Plan Community Open House
Tuesday, June 26
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Washington Public Library

All are welcome.  More details to come.

Committee Meeting Presentation

The comprehensive plan committee met yesterday at 3 p.m. at the Washington public library.  The committee discussed enhancements to existing parks, the sidewalk network, the development concept, economic development and housing, and annexation.

Download the powerpoint presentation from yesterday's meeting: Meeting 7 - 5.10.12.pdf




Committee Meeting this Thursday, May 10

The Washington comprehensive plan steering committee will meet this Thursday, May 10 at 3 p.m. at the Washington Public Library.  Any member of the public interested in learning more about the project is welcome to attend.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for comments from the public if needed.


Download the presentation from April's committee meeting: Meeting 6 - 4.12.12 updated.pdf (updated 5.8.12; previous version was incomplete)

Second Section of Plan Drafted

The second section of the plan has been drafted.  Click below to download each chapter individually. 

6 - Future Land Use for distribution.pdf
7 - Future Parks and Community Facilities.pdf
8 - Future Transportation.pdf
9 - Housing Revitalization and Economic Development.pdf
10 - Implementation and Governance.pdf

Note: These rough drafts are presented in a simple microsoft word format.  Final drafts will be in a more attractive, easy-to-read layout with title pages, page headers, additional photographs and continuous page numbering.

Committee Meeting Tomorrow, April 12

The comprehensive plan steering committee will meet tomorrow, Thursday April 12, at 3 p.m. at the Washington public library.  The agenda is as follows:

1. Progress Update
2. Housing Affordability Analysis
3. Housing Policy Options
4. Alternative Development Concept
4. Transportation Project Prioritization
5. Neighborhood Park Funding
6. Governance and Efficiency Update

Any member of the public interested in learning more about the project is welcome to attend.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for comments from the public if needed.

The timeline of the comprehensive plan project has been modified (with approval from the steering committee).  The next committee meeting will occur in May and the community open house will be held in June.  Click the "Schedule" tab to the left for the updated timeline.


Alternative Development Concept

The comprehensive plan committee requested an alternative development concept that illustrates what the northwest growth area could look like if the Wellness Park was located there.  Click below to view the alternative concept:

Alternate Concept - Wellness Park NW.jpg

Chapter 6 - Future Land Use, has been drafted.  Click to download: Chapter 6 - Future Land Use 4.6.12.pdf

Still to come...
Chapter 7 - Future Parks and Community Facilities
Chapter 8 - Future Transportation and Infrastructure
Chapter 9 - Housing Revitalization and Economic Development
Chapter 10 - Implementation, Collaboration and Governance

The comprehensive plan committee meets next Thursday, April 12 at 3 p.m. at the Washington public library.  The committee will review the alternative development concept and hold a discussion on governance, collaboration and efficiency.

Committee Meeting April 12

The comprehensive plan steering committee will meet on April 12 at 3 p.m. at the Washington public library.

Draft Development Concept

The comprehensive plan committee met yesterday to discuss housing issues and the draft development concept.

Download the draft development concept: View image

Download the powerpoint presentation from yesterday's meeting: Meeting 5 - 3.8.12 web version.pdf






Steering Committee Meeting Tomorrow

The Washington Comprehensive Plan steering committee will meet tomorrow from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Washington public library. 

Any member of the public interested in learning more about the project is welcome to attend.  There will be time at the end of the meeting for comments from the public if needed.

The powerpoint presentation from the meeting will be posted on this website.

Community Profile Drafted

The first 5 chapters of the comprehensive plan have been drafted.  Click the links below to download and review.  Comments/suggestions from the public are welcome and encouraged.  Chapters 6-10 will be drafted in the coming months.

PART 1 - Community Profile
0 - Introduction DRAFT 3.2.12.pdf
1 - Demographic and Economic Profile DRAFT 3.2.12.pdf
2 - Land Use and Environmental Profile DRAFT 3.2.12.pdf
3 - Parks and Community Facilities DRAFT 3.2.12.pdf
4 - Transportation and Infrastructure DRAFT 3.2.12.pdf

PART 2 - Community Plan
5 - Community Vision DRAFT 3.2.12.pdf
Still to come...
6 - Future Land Use Development Framework
7 - Future Parks and Community Facilities
8 - Future Transportation and Infrastructure
9 - Future Economic Development and Housing
10 - Implementation, Collaboration and Governance

Please note that the files above are simple text versions of the plan content.  The final version will include more advanced graphic elements.


The next meeting of the comprehensive plan steering committee is Thursday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at the public library.  All meetings of the steering committee are open to the public.

Community Meeting Attracts 60 people

Thank you to the approximately 60 people who attended last night's open house and presentation!  The group discussed a development concept for the city of Washington, which looked at what land use and transportation could look like in the coming decades.

The powerpoint used in last night's meeting is available to download: click here.

The community survey has been re-opened: click here to take the survey. (survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete).

There's a lot more to come in the comprehensive plan process.  Keep checking back here for updates as more of the plan is created.  Drafts of the plan content, including the development concept discussed last night, will be posted here.  Comments from the public are welcome and encouraged.

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Survey re-opened

Back by popular demand!  The Washington community report card survey has been re-opened.  Click here to take the survey.


Thank you to everyone who attended tonight's public meeting!

Demographics, Economics, Land Use and Goals

The first two chapters of the Washington Comprehensive Plan have been drafted.  Click below to download.  Comments from the public are welcome.  Check back here over the coming months to read more of the draft plan.

Washington's Demographic, Economic, and Housing Profile (PDF, 445 K)
Washington's Existing Land Use (PDF, 756 K) (corrected version posted 2.7.12)

The completed comprehensive plan will include the following components:

Section 1: Community Profile
This section will cover existing conditions and issues regarding: Demographics, Economics, Housing, Land Use, Parks and Recreation, Infrastructure, Transportation, and Public Facilities

Section 2: Community Vision
This section will cover the community's goals for the comprehensive plan

Section 3: Community Plan
This section will cover future plans for: Land Use & Development, Parks & Recreation, Transportation and Infrastructure, Economic Development, and Implementation


Plan Goals
The January meeting of the comprehensive plan committee included a preliminary discussion on goals.  Click here to view the notes from that discussion.  Your comments are welcome.



Community Meeting - February 9

The City of Washington will hold a community meeting to discuss the comprehensive plan update on Thursday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington public library (115 W Washington Street). The event will start with an open house at 5:30, with a presentation and Q&A session from 6 - 7 p.m.

The comprehensive plan will provide a vision and guide for the next 20 years of growth and change in Washington.  The plan will cover transportation, economic development, housing, land use, parks, natural resources, and more.  The City of Washington and project consultants from RDG Planning and Design will present preliminary concepts that show what Washington's land use and transportation network could look like in 2032.  The public will be invited to refine the work completed to date and provide guidance on the goals of the plan.  Your feedback is essential!

The comprehensive plan update began in October 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in June of 2012.  A 25-member committee of Washington residents is directing the efforts of Washington city staff and project consultants RDG Planning and Design.  See the "project team" page of this website for a list of those involved and contact information.

Jan 5 Committee Meeting

The presentation from the January 5 committee meeting is available to download here: Meeting 3 Presentation for Web - 1.5.12.pdf (PDF - 3.9 MB).

The committee discussed the goals of the comprehensive plan.  Check back here soon for notes on that discussion. 

La Encuesta de Washington

La Ciudad de Washington invita a sus residentes a llenar la encuesta.  Esta ayudará a determinar los objectivos del plan de Washington.  Haga click aquí para llenar la encuestra (en español).  La encuestra se puede llenar en aproximadamente veinte minutos.


La Encuesta en Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/62ZGQFC

English Version of Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FB6MVW3

Community Survey Needs Your Input

199 people have taken the Washington community report card survey.  You can be number 200! 

Click here to take the survey.

Feedback from this survey will help determine the goals and objectives of the Washington comprehensive plan.  The 17 question survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

*Update - The Community Survey is Now Closed.  Please give us your feedback at the community meeting on February 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington public library.

Draft Land Use Map

A rough draft of the existing land use map for Washington is currently under review by the comprehensive plan committee and city staff.  Click here or on the image below to view.  Please note that this is a working draft and will likely undergo multiple changes in the coming weeks. 

Existing Land Use DRAFT FOR WEB 12.15.11.jpg


What Makes Washington Unique?

At the comprehensive plan kick-off meeting, committee members responded to the question: What Makes Washington Unique?  Here are a few of their answers:

Central Park and the Fountain
Good Retirement Communities
Downtown Library
Location - "It's on the way to everywhere"
Community Center
Agricultural community and relative youth of local farmers
County Hospital
Natural Resources - Class A Soils
Airport
No part of the city in a floodplain
The People!

What else makes Washington unique?  Leave a comment on this blog, or better yet, fill out the "community report card" survey - Click here for the survey.

Meeting 2 Presentation Available

The comprehensive plan committee held their second meeting on Thursday, November 17.  The group discussed the results of the committee survey, community demographics, existing land use, and projections for population growth and future land needs.  Click here to download the powerpoint presentation from the meeting (PDF, 1.9 MB).

The "community report card" survey is still open.  Click here to take the survey. 

The next committee meeting will be held on January 5 at 3 p.m. at the library.  All comprehensive plan committee meetings are open to the public.

Take the Community Survey

The public is invited to participate in a "community report card" survey.  Feedback from this survey will help determine the goals and objectives of the Washington comprehensive plan.  The 17 question survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey (link to survey website).

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting 1

This meeting, held at 3:00 on October 27, 2011 at the public library, was the kickoff meeting for the Comprehensive Plan update project. The meeting was facilitated by the city's project consultant, RDG Planning & Design. To view the powerpoint presentation from this meeting, click on the link below.

Meeting Presentation PDF