About the Study

Council Bluffs' Comprehensive Plan Update provides a great opportunity for residents to communicate what they believe to be the strengths and weaknesses of the community, and to prioritize what issues are most important for the City to address in the near term and in the future. The planning process is designed to promote community involvement and encourage citizen participation. Community outreach is included throughout the entire planning process. We know that the success of this planning effort will depend on engaging our community. This website is just one of many ways you can participate in the planning process. Opportunities to participate at a meeting or workshop are listed below.


Several public workshop meetings are planned for Council Bluffs’ Comprehensive Plan process.

Comprehensive Plan Report to the Planning Commission (Public Hearing) - Tuesday September 9th, 6:00PM at the Community Hall, 205 South Main Street
The draft Comprehensive Plan Report will be presented to the Planning Commission for public hearing. Based on review and discussion, and based on public feedback during the public hearing, a revised Comprehensive Plan will be prepared for recommendation to the City Council. More information on this meeting can be found in the "Project News" section of this project website, and the document can be downloaded from the "Documents" section of this project website.

Final Plan Report to City Council - Date, Time and Location TBD
The Final Comprehensive Plan Report will be presented to the City Council for consideration and adoption. Based on any feedback from the Council, a Final Comprehensive Plan will be submitted for adoption.

Past Meetings

Community Workshop #1 - Wednesday October 24, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Kirn Middle School (100 North Avenue)
This workshop is the first of many face-to-face community outreach events scheduled throughout the planning process. The purpose of this workshop is to allow residents to provide input, before any plans or recommendations are formulated. The workshop will: (a) review the purpose of the Comprehensive Plan, the planning process to be undertaken, and the schedule for the project; and (b) secure local views on concerns, issues and potentials within the community.

Business Workshop -  Thursday, October 25, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Looft Hall Conference Center (Iowa West Community College, 2700 College Road, then follow directional signage to Looft Hall)
The Business Workshop will be an opportunity for business owners to discuss issues and challenges related to establishing, operating and growing a business in Council Bluffs. Business owners have unique needs and experience unique challenges in any community. It is critical that the Comprehensive Plan consider these.

Community Workshop #2 - Visioning Charrette/Workshop – February 13, 2013 from 6:30 - 8:00pm at the Council Bluffs Public Library, Meeting Room 'B'.

The Community Visioning Session will include both large group and small group working sessions to review and discus conditions and potentials within the City. The large group will work together to identify issues and opportunities, and the small “breakout” groups will work together to develop “visions” for the future of the community. It will conclude with general agreement regarding the long-term role and character of Council Bluffs and the projects and improvements that will be desirable in the future.

Community Workshop #3 – Draft Plan Review – August 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM, Community Hall at 205 South Main Street
The third community workshop will be conducted to review and discuss the draft Comprehensive Plan. This workshop will be held on August 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM, and will include an Open House from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and a formal presentation and public comment period beginning at 7:00 PM. Please stay tuned for information regarding the location of the meeting. The draft Comprehensive Plan can be downloaded for review from the "Documents" section of this website.

Visual Preference Survey


This survey will help us gather public input and will guide our policies and recommendations for new development and investment throughout the City. The survey is comprised of a series of images that will help us gauge the community's preferred development. 

STEP 1: To begin the survey, click on the Play button in the middle of the first slide. Backward and Forward buttons are also available to help navigate on the sides of each image.

STEP 2: Rate each image on a scale of 1 (inappropriate/undesirable) to 5 (highly appropriate/desirable) by clicking on the stars in the corner of each picture. The survey moves quickly and is intended to capture your initial reaction to each image.

Please Note: The survey make take a moment to load.



Community Mapper

Provide input into the Plan through the community based mapping tool.

Community Mapper

Public Forum

Our MindMixer site is a way for members of the Council Bluffs community be engaged with issues and ideas that are important to them. Post ideas, second others' ideas that you like, and stay engaged!


Provide input into the Plan through one of the questionnaires below

Resident Questionnaire
Business Questionnaire

Send Feedback

Use the form below to send an email message to the Project Team.