2018 National Planning Conference

Poster: Planning for a Bedroom Community

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CDT

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Posters

Activity ID: NPC187085


  • Understand the challenges and opportunities in planning for a bedroom community
  • Incorporate research with community engagement to formulate planning goals, objectives, and strategies
  • Promote place-based planning in a rural county with valuable farmland and development pressure


Cedar County, Iowa, is located near three metropolitan areas where many residents commute to work. A rural lifestyle, lower costs, and easy access make the county a desirable place to live. Yet population has remained stable for decades while the number of local businesses fell and affordable housing decreased, making it difficult to attract young families and accommodate senior residents. Through extensive community engagement, in-depth research, and utilization of best practices in rural/agricultural planning, including the APA Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places and Iowa Smart Planning toolkit, this comprehensive plan manages future development and proposes possible directions.

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Session Speakers

Tara M. Cullison
The University of Iowa
Geneseo , IL

Trang Mai
Iowa City, IA

Daniel Elder
North Liberty, IA

Faris Al-Saeedi
Iowa City, IA

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