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Comprehensive Planning and Zoning

Planning and zoning are important tools for communities in that they provide the opportunity to establish sound and efficient land use patterns. MAPA works with local governments to develop or update comprehensive plans. We have goal-setting sessions with citizens where future development plans are discussed and data are collected to analyze current and projected conditions of a given community. MAPA also aids communities and their planning commissions to establish zoning ordinances, which regulate present-day land uses.

Community Improvements to Increase Economic Stability (CITIES)

The primary purpose of the Community Improvements to Increase Economic Stability (CITIES) program is to provide a funding mechanism, to be leveraged by other community resources, to support infrastructure/public facilities, beautification, and housing (non-profit or governmental) improvements throughout rural Pottawattamie County, Iowa.

The program allows communities to continue to pursue local economic development activities while maintaining essential infrastructure needed to provide basic city services.  By leveraging local money with CITIES funds (Iowa West Foundation grant funds), our communities can maintain reasonable utility and property tax rates without sacrificing quality essential service provisions.  This is a partnership between the 12 rural communities in Pottawattamie County, the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors, Iowa West Foundation, Western Iowa Development Association and MAPA.

Offutt Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) released its draft Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Offutt Air Force Base in July 2015 with several recommendations included to help reduce potential conflicts between the base and surrounding communities.

A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) examines 25 potential compatibility factors, both man-made and natural ones. Among those factors are noise, safety zones, vertical obstructions, and roadway capacity.  The primary objective of a JLUS is to reduce potential conflicts while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, protecting public health and safety and sustaining the operational missions of the base.  For more information go to: