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Dubuque County Regional Smart Plan

County Comprehensive Plan Amendments (April 2014)
Following the adoption of the Dubuque County Regional Comprehensive Plan in January 2013, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors recognized the need for an extended public comment period for the plan. Based on additional citizen input collected during the extended comment period, the Dubuque County Regional Consortium has developed proposed amendments to the Dubuque County Regional Comprehensive Plan.

The following amendments will be considered by the Dubuque County Zoning Commission on May 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Emergency Services Training Facility, 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque, Iowa and the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors on June 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the 4th Floor Courthouse, 720 Central Ave, Dubuque, Iowa.

Proposed Plan Introduction
Agriculture and Natural Resources Proposed Amendments
Watershed Management Proposed Amendments
Transportation Proposed Amendment

Please contact Anna O'Shea at 563-589-7827 or for more information regarding the Dubuque County Regional Plan amendments.

Planning Process
ECIA, in cooperation with the communities of Dubuque County, is in the process of developing a plan that will guide future development in the region. The plan, entitled the Dubuque County Smart Plan, will foster cooperation among communities, help the region attract economic development, protect and preserve community resources, improve resiliency to disasters, and encourage a strong community identity.

In January 2011, the community leaders formed a consortium that would guide the two-year Smart Planning Process. The Smart Planning Consortium consists of Dubuque County and the seven largest cities within the county.

  • Smart Planning Consortium Members
    • Dubuque County
    • City of Asbury
    • City of Cascade
    • City of Dubuque
    • City of Dyersville
    • City of Epworth
    • City of Farley
    • City of Peosta

The completed plan will address the Smart Planning elements and principles adopted by the State of Iowa, the City of Dubuque's eleven sustainability principles, and watershed planning principles established by the Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District. Consortium members will implement the goals and objectives of the regional plan by incorporating the regional planning elements into their local planning documents, ordinances, and policies.

Sustainability Indicators
The Smart Planning Consortium is working with graduate students from the University of Iowa's School of Urban and Regional Planning to develop sustainability indicators for Dubuque County. Click the links below to learn more about the project.
March 26th Public Meeting Notice
Dubuque County Sustainability Indicators Draft Report