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Date:
December 8, 2021
Time:
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:

Berg Middle School

Address:
1900 N 5th Ave E
Newton, IA 50208
Community Input Meeting
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Comprehensive Plan Community Input Meeting

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The City is in the process of setting a vision for the next 10 to 15 years and establish key goals to work toward – and we need residents to get involved! Join us for a Community Input Meeting on Wednesday, December 8 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Berg Middle School (1900 N 5th Ave E). The meeting will have a short presentation followed by an open house where you can ask questions, learn more and share your thoughts!

A comprehensive plan is important for every aspect of our community. The plan presents a unified and compelling vision for Newton’s future, gives actionable steps to fulfill the vision, and guides decision-making so that decisions made today do not jeopardize the future of our community.

In 2012, the comprehensive plan resulted in four specific goals:

  • Grow Newton’s population, specifically targeting young families
  • Increase employment opportunities
  • Improve the City’s curb appeal
  • Fill vacant buildings & increase local shopping options

With the comprehensive plan as a guide, the City and its partners were able to do the following:

  • To grow population, the Housing Initiative was created in 2014 and since July 2014, 103 new single homes have been built with 51% of those being new families moving to our community. There were also new apartments constructed and improvements make to parks and recreation facilities. All these actions led to a 3.3% increase in Newton’s population from 2010 to 2020. (US Census Data)
  • To increase employment opportunities, the community welcomed 16 new companies and over 2,000 new jobs. Phoenix Investors, who now owns the former Maytag manufacturing plant, have leased 100% of the 1.8 million square foot facility. DMACC, which owns Legacy Plaza, has welcomed 16 new tenants to the facility.
  • To improve curb appeal, many new programs and initiatives were launched in the last 10 years. This includes an increased emphasis on historic preservation, Newton became a Main Street Iowa community which opened up new State funding for downtown building and business improvements, establishment of the Downtown Improvement Grant Program, a new Nuisance Program and revamped Rental Housing Inspection Program and adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code.
  • To help fill vacant buildings and increase local shopping, TIF districts have helped entice new businesses to downtown, First Avenue East and the Interstate Exits; the City has applied for a been provisionally granted an Iowa Reinvestment District at Legacy Plaza and community marketing efforts continue to grow each year.
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