Planning and Facilitation

Planning and Facilitation

Anytime is a great time to start thinking about your community or organization's short and long term goals.  UERPC has the staff and resources to help your community or group bring great ideas together into a workable and successful action plan.  Planning can take many forms from large projects, such as comprehensive planning and hazard mitigation planning, to smaller facilitation and public engagement projects.  The planning process generally involves (1) data and background information collection; (2) facilitating and compiling stakeholder input and identifying their priorities through a variety of methods including meetings, surveys and focus groups; and (3) creating a final document or action plan.

Examples of plans include:

  • Long range comprehensive plans
  • Strategic plans for community or nonprofit leadership
  • Capital improvement plans
  • Riverfront, downtown or other significant district master plans
  • Community marketing plans
  • Community wellness plans
  • Safe Routes to School plans
  • Park and recreation plans
  • Hazard mitigation Plans
  • Housing needs assessments
  • Business plans


Taking the time to plan and involve community members leads to projects and activities that are supported by community members!  UERPC can also assist communities with Urban Renewal Plans, Urban Revitalization Plans and City Ordinance updates.

We would be happy to visit with you about our planning and facilitation services, please contact Rachelle Howe or Michelle Barness for more information.

"My reservations about my part in doing a Comprehensive Plan for Hawkeye were put to rest at our first meeting.  Seeing how the whole process is laid out made sense and opened the door to active, interesting and informative meetings.  To bond our team we created a name, Vision Hawkeye, and had T-shirts made.  After that Karla guided us through the process.  Every step showed a purpose and later meetings showed us results. The one thing I was impressed with was the need to have the community all working in the same direction for common goals. The city’s statistics and community input really helped us lay that out.  The final comprehensive plan, and it is comprehensive, is easy to understand and involves all of our local organizations to move Hawkeye in the right direction."

Respectfully,
Leon Dietzenbach, Vision Hawkeye member

Planning and Facilitation in Each County

Planning and Facilitation in Each County

Resiliency Resources

Strategies and actions for business, government, or development organizations to ensure ongoing viability

Resiliency Resources

Disaster preparedness is nothing new to governments, businesses, and development organizations. The well-laid plans to be used in case of fire, flood, or storm are commonplace. They help to provide a blueprint for action at a moment of crisis when an existing strategy can be a thing of comfort for those dealing with the unthinkable. Of course, the types of disastrous situations have expanded — from terrorism to cyberattack to, now, pandemic.

Resilience planning, though, is another matter. It recognizes that disasters and difficulties will happen, that immediate response is necessary, but that long-term implications will require a different set of strategies and actions to ensure ongoing viability, whether for a business, a government, or a development organization.

News Headlines

Next public meeting for Lansing Black Hawk Bridge Sept. 27th and online

Posted: Wed, September 8, 2021

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public information meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting.

IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING:

Date/Time:Sept. 27, 2021, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Kee High School, 569 Center St., Lansing, IA

AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Date/Time: Anytime between Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021

For more information, including how to participate in the "at your own pace" online meeting, click here to visit Iowa DOT's public involvement site for the project.

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The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, August 16, 2021

The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6c2ef7aa975a/uerpc-august-2021-newsletter-5630233  

 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Resiliency Toolkit Released to Assist Business, Government and Development Organizations with Ongoing Viability
  • IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!•Lieutenant Governor Visits Oelwein
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Part of Planning Committee for Successful MEEC Conference
  • Board Member Spotlight: Pat Murray
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • August SRTS Monthly Motivators: Start a Walking School Bus!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be held by conference call Aug. 17

Posted: Mon, August 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 6, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. In order to maintain adequate social distancing, public participation in the meeting will be limited to conference call. A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.

Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 232 696 476# to join the public meeting.

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2022-2025. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:
https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2022-2025_STIPDraft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through Sept. 7, 2021. You can also contact Chambers if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Contact: Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us

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Fayette County residents and visitors invited to take housing survey

Posted: Wed, July 28, 2021

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT) has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to conduct a housing assessment to better understand the current status of housing in our area. The goal of this effort is to identify gaps and anticipate future housing needs in order to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County residents, as well as those who work in Fayette County or frequently visit, are invited to take an online housing survey. The survey does not collect any personally identifiable information, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information gathered will assist UERPC, FCEDT, and other community stakeholders in understanding Fayette County’s housing needs.

The survey is available at the following web address: surveymonkey.com/r/FC-Housing

Readers are encouraged to share the survey link with any and all people who live in, work in, or frequently visit Fayette County. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger the assessment will be.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126; or to Mallory Hanson at director@visitfayettecountyiowa.com or563-265-5248.

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