Yuwen Hou, Stephen A. Lauer, Eman Shoeib, and Jane M. Rongerude
In September of 2011, the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association (BNA) filed an application to participate in the pilot Charter Neighborhood Program in order to update its original plan that was approved in 1991 with new goals for the future.
On November 21, 2011, the Des Moines City Council approved the selection of Beaverdale as one of the five neighborhoods to participate in the Charter Neighborhood Program. Neighborhoods selected for the pilot program worked with City staff as well as graduate students from Iowa State University’s Department of Community and Regional Planning (ISU Planning Team) to update their respective neighborhood plans.
Over the past two decades, major goals in the first Beaverdale Neighborhood plan have been accomplished. However, new issues have emerged as well, which brings about the need to establish a strategic plan for the Beaverdale Neighborhood for the next 5 to 10 years.
Johnny Alcivar, Anna L. Blumstein, Katherine E. Dostart, Joseph W. Drahos, Lydia Rae Levinson, Julia Whitson, Xianli Zeng, and Jane M. Rongerude
The first Capitol East Neighborhood Action Plan, completed in December of 1990, was successful in achieving its goals. Neighborhood accomplishments borne of the first plan include the following: the construction of a new elementary school (Capitol View); housing redevelopment on Walnut Street between East 15th and East 16th Streets; improvements to Stewart Square Park; designing attractive green spaces in highly visible areas;establishing an organized an “alley clean up” process in one alley each month during the SCRUB season;and the Neighborhood Development Corporation’s commercial development along East Grand Avenue.This second neighborhood revitalization process is a pilot program designed to review and update the plans of charter neighborhoods whose plans are more than 10 years old.
Anna M. Bruen, Melissa Goodwin, Shuo Liu, Eric Christianson, Mary Louise Ryan, Xin Tong, Jon Wolseth, and Jane M. Rongerude
The first Capitol Park Neighborhood Association Plan was completed in 1995. Over thelast twenty years, major goals in the original CapitolPark Neighborhood Plan have been accomplished.However, the neighborhood has changed in regards to demographics, housing stock, and zoning. In order to maintain the vitality of the neighborhood and address its changes, a series of planning efforts was initiated to provide guidance to the Capitol Park Neighborhood for the next 5 to 10 years.
Jelili A. Adebiyi, John Dean, Shelley J. Oltmans, and Jane M. Rongerude
On January 1, 2012, the City Council of the City of Des Moines approved the recommendation supporting the selection of Woodland Heights as one of the five neighborhoods to participate in the Charter Neighborhood Program. Neighborhoods selected for the pilot program are required to work with city staff as well as graduate students from Iowa State University’s Department of Community and Regional Planning (ISU Planning Team) to update their respective neighborhood plans.
The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO), the neighborhood’s representative neighborhood Whitmer Estate National Historic Register association, began the planning process with a survey of the residents of Woodland Heights. The survey was designed, distributed, and executed by members of WHO. They collected a total of 119 surveys, which were then analyzed by the ISU Planning Team. The survey provided a window into the needs of the neighborhood’s residents. It revealed that neighborhood residents are pleased with the quality of the life that Woodland Heights offers. For example, most respondents cited a high perception of public safety, a strong sense of community and education opportunities as qualities of the neighborhood. The survey data also indicates that the residents deeply care about the aesthetic quality and historic significance of the neighborhood. The results of this survey are fully presented in Appendix A at the end of this document.
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