The Linn County Board of Supervisors wanted to achieve a development that incorporates and protects the site's significant environmental features, respects its agricultural heritage, and provides a mix of housing types with a thoughtful integration of commercial uses.
After issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Concept Planning Services, Reynolds Urban Design of Des Moines was awarded the contract. Reynolds held several work sessions with a 12-member planning committee to develop the framework for a successful project, to create and review alternate concept plans and to arrive at a Phase 1 concept plan.
The Phase 1 concept plan allocated 75 percent of the entire site as open green space or working farm. The remaining 25 percent of the site is shown as a mix of housing types with a thoughtful integration of commercial uses, with an estimated development value of $93 to $119 million.
The Phase 1 concept plan was presented at a public open house on April 12, 2018.