Here Comes Tomorrow Feedback

On a scale of 1 (low priority) to 5 (highest priority), how important is each of the plan’s goals to you?
1. Create a resilient regional economy
2. Improve the region’s environmental health and access to the outdoors
3. Further the health and well-being of all residents in the region
4. Increase regional cooperation and efficiency at all levels

On a scale of 1 (low priority) to 5 (highest priority), how important is each of the initiatives to you?
1. Node and Corridors
2. Greenways
3. Regional Cooperation
4. Resilient Neighborhoods
5. Everyday Stewards




What do you like best about the plan?


Legislation by city councils to adopt permeable parking lots for communal & apartment complexes


Making healthy choices – easy & as available as others


Cooperation between so many groups and individuals, governments, etc.


Park space that matches population growth


Better connectivity between people & the environment


Street trees & natural areas!


Thinking long-term about how we grow. Do it right from the start!


The focus on regional connectivity, alt modes of transportation, and land & natural resource conservation using NAI


Greenways connecting communities, habitat, healthy people


Love it all! Love the process! Keep engaging! Keep reaching out…


I love the plan manager and goal #3 🙂 Cultural events & art are key to a well-rounded community! 🙂


Enhancing trail network, connect isolated parks


Strengthen the economy; nothing else can be done without this piece!


Your initiatives complement each other


Vision of comprehensive trail system


The fact that I disagreed with none of it! 🙂


The underlying message of making DSM a better place


Improving environmental health & access to outdoors


Promoting everyday stewards throughout public & private organizations, neighborhoods


Increased emphasis on transit, biking, walking


Regional infrastructure committee, with emphasis on green infrastructure


Collaborative effort between cities, conversations that need to happen


Collaborative effort between cities, conversations that need to happen, with the least able to cope, not just the best


Diversified economy is top priority – moving from auto-only to transit


The plan manager is A-mazing & so dedicated! Big fan of Goal 3 🙂


Corridors – for people & wildlife


Remembers our river resources!


That you are inclusive of all people in 3rd principle – Universal Design!!


You expanded STEM to STEAM


The idea of area cooperation & input. Will it be dominated by one or two entities.


All the plans you have for the growth of Des Moines and its surroundings as a whole.


The plan about the greenways because it is important to be out and be active. Great place to be with family.


Regional cooperation/efficiency; break down community-centric focus.


Holistic approach, cooperation between communities


Mention SAFE communities, walkable neighborhood


Top goal economic – nothing good is happening in Detroit for decades.


Liked the neighborhood & node piece


Liked protecting greenways & corridors


Important to recognize links between environmental goals, economic vitality, and human health


Cooperation between communities


Protection/expansion of parks/open space/greenways


Walkable & bikeable communities


Regional thinking – we are interdependent in many ways


The Tomorrow Plan is the perfect mechanism to develop a coordinated greenway, interconnected system


Neighborhood development is huge. Des Moines’ long history of neighborhoods can be a good model for other communities.


Great job of communicating & working with the public


The residents of this area & the whole State of Iowa have demonstrated their support for improving our “greening” of our environment through their overwhelming support of the constitutional amendment that a 3/8% sales tax increase should be enacted for support of our natural areas. Pressure needs to be brought on our State Reps & Senators to move this measure forward.

More regional cooperation would expedite many of the priorities.

These all work together! There are no “leasts” for me here.


What do you like least about the plan?


Make bikers pay for all bike trails!


“Stake & pack” is not the way to live!


No IDOT funding for bike trails!


Need more emphasis tying $ incentives to projects that implement the plan and benefit region


Please include B-Cycle as example!


Master plan eliminates competition & innovation between gov’t entities and results in reduced benefit for all


Change to trash pick-up week & recycle alternate weeks to save fuel & labor expense


Doesn’t address land use policy. Fragmented decisions DOOM this plan.


We need to include food education when we talk about improving our children’s education.


No budget or funding info taxpayer impact?


Many more bike lanes on existing streets!


Not much recognition of the many different cultural/racial groups who are becoming a more integral part of our tomorrow


Maybe add “owner” organizations responsible for keeping each goal alive


More water trails – more people on the water


Plan has goals but plan does not include item for increasing decision makers.


No funding plan – Where is local control?


More specifics on water trails and ATV/snowmobile areas


I wish to stop this in its tracks.


I wish to stop this in its tracks. Me, too. I know where it’s going!


Lack of mention of need for communications between business & educational services for the type of education needed to fill current employment needs & future employment needs


Go a bit into more depth on some of the issues


Seeming lack of initiatives south of DSM (Norwalk, Cumming, Carlisle) – the Hwy 5 corridor – not clear how we connect to the rest of the region


The governance piece needs to strengthen beyond infrastructure


Undermines city councils


Gov picks winners & losers


No cost estimates


Billions?  –> for only 188 people growth per community


Taxpayers have enough burden


Do NOT want regional government


Understand the social impact of smaller households


Concerned that some communities will not fully participate in the plan


Urban communities have problems – nobody talking about


Crimes impact on “walkability”




Unclear on implementation methods


One thing that is missing but may be included in the more detailed draft plan is a shared communications infrastructure to meet the growing technological needs of the current and future culture


One of the biggest concerns about sustainability is climate change – which is not named in the plan.


Consider the thought that active & strong competition between municipalities is healthy and provides growth economically


Very disappointed that the nodes & corridors barely touch Dallas & Warren counties! Where is the vision! Big gap in gaining regional buy-in! Saying another way, without strong Dallas & Warren notation, this really becomes a Polk County plan. So much for regional thinking.


Goal #3 seems like it would come out of #2 & #1 – really don’t see it as a goal of a master plan


The transition from plan to action – Local gov’t? Stewards pushing?


Drop in a reference to B-Cycle as an example of transportation option


Tomorrow Plan seems like a good idea but it is hard to get too excited about getting on board when I have watched my Des Moines neighborhood deteriorate drastically over the last 10 years or so. What kind of ordinances will be forced upon us to make this work? Would like to see more specifics. Frankly, the thought of this scares me! How will property rights be affected? Who are the decision-makers for all of this?


I’d like to see formal recommendations for future studies and/or projects that would take another step to realizing these goals and help deliver on the vision of The Tomorrow Plan. A plan is just that, unless you take actionable steps to make it reality. Thanks!


Goal #1 is done by business leaders not gov’t force. Goal #2 is already good. Goal #3 is a personal responsibility. Goal #4 by voluntary agreement only. Many of the goals/initiatives are lofty without significant investment from those who pay. It is impossible to build a resilient economy without businesses, and they are locating in areas where the climate (taxes/regulations) give them the greatest opportunity to thrive. It is not the job of local government to provide opportunities. Individuals create opportunities. Local government exists to respond to the needs of the community that cannot be provided for by the individual. If I could sum this up in 1 word, I would say “Specious.”


I have a chance to visit a couple of your planning session over the last year. Now that I have had a chance to review the working draft I have a few comments. I have read about Nodes and Corridors along with transit, pedestrian and Bicycle networks. Green happens to be my favorite color but that is as far as it goes. In case you have not heard. Global Warming has been greatly exaggerated if not a complete hoax. The reason your plan is not sustainable is because this is the United States of America not the United States of the World. We are governed by The Constitution which allows us property rights and our choice on how we should pursue happiness. We as Americans can never give up freedoms and sovereignty to an organization as corrupt as The United Nations. The only thing you forgot to mention was fairy dust and unicorns. The insanity must end and I hope our local end State officials will stop any involvement. We enjoy our cars, living in our single family homes with own yards.

Once again, east side of county gets the short end fo the stick for health care

Cradle to cradle laws, p. 74

Creating a “resilient regional economy” is not a job for TTP. It’s private sector work.

Believe funding is the most important missing – Piece of the TP $3 million to date – no business partners

No mention of libraries in or as examples of resilient neighborhoods yet Polk Co. library systems serve over 74% of citizens every year!

Free markets & local government – let people forge the future by their choices with their pocketbook & feet!

Goal #4 undermines local control. If people want to work together, let them choose –> no choice if already preplanned.


How do you want to continue to be involved with the plan?


Anyway I can… perhaps with “open street” efforts


Neighborhood connections


Celebrate success stories and engage my employer 🙂


Contribute any way I can as a citizen activist.


Help implement in my neighborhood – River Bend


Connecting Urban Ambassadors with “everyday stewards”


Completing Green & Main and showing others what is possible


Developing an urban co-housing community


Engage students to do more service projects


Connecting Central Iowa to the arts… to creativity


Be an everyday steward!


Supporting  the green – trees, native plantings, etc. – & being supportive in any way I can!


Part of an implementation group.


Willing to participate in citizen focus groups on topics if any groups are formed


Want to receive regular updates via email/newsletter on plan progress.


Inform city councils, have well-publicized public forums


Participate in focus groups, attend meetings


FB posts of events/opportunities


By being a conduit to bring the plan to the urban areas.


By promoting the principles in every day action & bringing them to the public


Continue to receive information. Work on implementation.


Keep it in the media.


Keep asking for public input.


Involve local businesses.




Be a conduit to encourage more intergovernmental collaborations


Worker advisory board to business roundtable for improved economy