Tom Smith, Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization
Vern Zakostelecky, City of Cedar Rapids
A steering committee comprised of local residents representing various stakeholder groups was formed to oversee the Rural Land Use Plan update process. The members held their first meeting on June 22, 2011, at which they reviewed the Smart Planning Principles and existing Rural Land Use Plan. The committee also discussed the update process and made initial plans for the work group structure. During the committee’s second meeting, held July 6, 2011, Les Marquart was appointed chair and Ben Rogers was appointed vice chair. The committee reviewed the Planning and Development staff public participation plan and finalized the work group structure. Both meetings were publicized through news releases and were open to the public.
The steering committee subsequently reviewed each work group’s set of goals, objectives, and strategies in a series of meetings held between October 2012 and January 2013.
During these meetings, the steering committee focused on consistency and connections within and among plan elements. This oversight was important since the plan elements do no function alone, but in conjunction with one another.