Citizen Input Still Sought For Glenwood Comprehensive Plan

Glenwood residents are asked to share their thoughts and opinions in a survey to set priorities that will help shape future development of the city.

If you live or work in Glenwood, it’s not too late to share your thoughts and opinions in a survey that will help shape the city’s comprehensive plan for the future.

The survey, which is available electronically and in paper form, is one of the tools being used to set priorities as the city goes through the process of developing a 20-25 year plan for growth. Development of the plan is a collaborative effort between the city, Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO).

As of Monday, 341 people had taken the survey, according to SWIPCO Community Development Specialist Mackenzie Brandow. The goal, she said, is to have at least 533 surveys completed, which would be equivalent to 10 percent of Glenwood’s population.

On Monday, Brandow and fellow SWIPCO Community Development Specialist Leslie Wright facilitated an open house style meeting at City Hall to share preliminary data from the surveys that have been completed. Wright said citizens have shared a variety of opinions and thoughts in their survey answers but some commonality has emerged.

“People generally like Glenwood but would like to see more growth and development,” she said.

Brandow said there is a consensus among the respondents that they feel safe in Glenwood and have an appreciation for its strong school system and “small town feel.”

“They believe it’s a good place to raise a family,” she said.

Citizens who attended Monday’s open house at City Hall were given the opportunity review survey analysis and offer their input and suggestions. Bandow said a couple citizens had specific concerns they’d like to see get addressed – better lighting at Glenwood Lake Park and more options for recycling.

A link to the “Glenwood 2045 Survey” can be found on the City of Glenwood, Iowa Facebook page. Paper copies of the survey are available at City Hall and the Glenwood Public Library. For additional information concerning the survey or the comprehensive plan, contact Glenwood City Clerk Amber Farnan (712-527-4717) or Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachel Reis (712-527-3298).

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