Johnson County invites residents to help create its first comprehensive plan

This week, Johnson County invited residents to help it create its first-ever comprehensive plan in a news release:

Johnson County residents are invited to help create the first-ever comprehensive plan for the county. Five public input sessions will take place throughout the county in February and early March. Regardless of where they live, residents are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

The new plan, JoCo 2.0—Sustaining Success Through 2028, will involve updating the current land use plan for the unincorporated areas (the land areas not within any city boundaries) and adding sections to more fully address agriculture and natural resources, economic development, housing, public infrastructure, natural hazards, and sustainability.

“We welcome all Johnson County residents to come share their input,” said Janelle Rettig, chairperson of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. “The more people and ideas we get, the better the plan will be.”

The meetings have been scheduled for the following dates, times and locations. Residents also can check www.jocoplan.com for updates, as locations or dates may change due to weather or other circumstances.

  • Feb. 7: 6 to 8 p.m., Lone Tree Community Center, 203½ N Devoe Street in Lone Tree
  • Feb. 16: 6 to 8 p.m., Kent Park Education Center, 2048 Hwy 6 NW in Oxford
  • Feb. 22: 6 to 8 p.m.: Solon High School (Media Room), 600 West Fifth Street, Solon
  • Feb. 28: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., String Town Produce Barn, 2250 540th Street SW in Kalona (The building is located just north of String Town Grocery.)
  • March 6: 6 to 8 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, 123 S Linn St in Iowa City

Online and other opportunities for input also will be made available. Additional meetings will be held in fall 2017 so that residents can comment on the plan draft.

A steering committee of 21 members from throughout the county is helping guide the update process. JEO Consulting Group and Confluence, along with the county’s Planning, Development and Sustainability Department, are organizing the input sessions.

For more information, call 319-356-6083 or visit www.jocoplan.com.