Madison County Supervisors are moving forward with plans to update the county’s comprehensive plan. Supervisor Aaron Price had an updated breakdown of where the process is currently at during Tuesday morning’s meeting.

There is also an online survey currently available through the Community Heart and Soul Initiative that is aimed at helping communities provide feedback to help with this county-wide planning effort.

According to organizers, Madison County Community Heart and Soul is an “apolitical grassroots initiative aimed at reconnecting people with what they love most about their community by gathering their input and concerns.” The data collected can and will be used by county officials to help with the update of the comprehensive plan.

The online survey can be found at

MadisonCountyHeartandSoul.org. For details, email info@MadisonCountyHeartandSoul.org, or call 515-462-6798.

Moving forward

Price has been working on the update process for the county’s comprehensive plan over the last two years.

Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development.

That process is moving forward in a “phase one” part of the update, which involved Price collecting feedback on the current plan and what needs updated from his fellow supervisors, as well as comparing how the current plan compares to the Iowa legislature’s Smart Planning Initiatives. The next part of the process is to put the plan out for the public to provide feedback.

The zoning commission will need to take a look at the current plan and make recommendations as well.

There will be public work sessions for the various communities throughout the county to provide feedback. Once the county has identified what needs updated, it will publish these findings and announce additional work sessions as a “public outreach” portion of it.

Price also said he had been speaking with representatives from J&E Consulting about the comprehensive plan and the possibility of utilizing their services for project management and oversight of the plan update process. Price asked fellow supervisors Diane Fitch and Phil Clifton for their thoughts on hiring the company to help “keep the plan moving forward.”

Clifton said he was in favor of a facilitator “to keep things moving forward at a faster pace.” Fitch was also in favor as long as the consulting company would “work together with the Heart and Soul initiative” on community feedback.

Price said he would get back with J&E Consulting regarding the cost of the company managing the project and would have more updates for next week’s meeting.

Managing Editor at the Winterset Madisonian.