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A community regional planning effort focused on the sustainable development of downtown Des Moines

Central Iowa Regional Plan for Sustainable Development

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Des Moines, IA
542 square miles
Planning and Urban Design
Additional Services
Community Engagement
Completed 2013
American Planning Association Iowa Chapter, Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

The Tomorrow Plan is an unprecedented regional planning effort focused on the future sustainable development of Greater Des Moines, Iowa. The project pairs technical analysis of existing conditions and future trends with ongoing community engagement around priorities, trade-offs, and aspirations.

Bringing together a number of recent area planning efforts, the goal of The Tomorrow Plan is to develop a vision for what a sustainable Greater Des Moines will look like in 2050—and the steps to make it a reality.

Working within a tight timeframe and budget for a project of this scale, Sasaki led both the technical exploration and interactive outreach components of the project. Sasaki’s bold project branding and comprehensive outreach approach have led to a distinctive project identity evident in all aspects of the planning. Frequent public activities and events showcase the multifaceted nature of the project including action-oriented open houses, The Tomorrow Plan Exchange blog, national speakers, dispersed local public meetings, social media, educational webinars, a virtual town hall, and an interactive website with custom-made input applications. Project information can be found on the Tomorrow Plan’s website.

On the technical side, Sasaki coordinated a team of national experts projecting trends and developing an interactive scenario planning tool to help residents envision various possible futures for the region. Sasaki worked closely with a regional consortium of 17 municipalities, four counties, and a number of other agencies and organizations in Greater Des Moines to guide the technical and outreach aspects of the project. The Tomorrow Plan aligns multiple planning elements—transportation, land use, housing, economic and workforce development, and the environment—in a comprehensive framework for sustainable development.

For more information contact James Miner.

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