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Adel Comprehensive Plan
City of Adel
4.8 square miles / 4,954 population
This comprehensive plan helps identify a community vision that can inform decision-making at the city-level now and in the future.
Adel is a suburb of Des Moines, IA that has experienced increasing growth pressures as the metro continues to expand west. Adel is the county seat of Dallas County and has a historic downtown complete with a quaint downtown square that hosts the Adel Corn Harvest Festival each year. The community is surrounded by gently rolling hills and the Raccoon River floodplain, which help contribute to the rural, small-town feel while also having convenient access to the urban amenities of Des Moines.
The Envision Adel 2040 was created to help manage and guide growth in Adel in a way that preserved the character and natural features of Adel while also providing opportunities for residential and commercial growth. Land use, environmental protection and community character were strong components of this plan. The engagement opportunities offered through the Envision Adel 2040 comprehensive plan were designed to provide a diverse set of engagement types to try and meet the needs of Adel residents of all ages and from all walks of life. There were traditional public meetings, more personal sit-down stakeholder interviews, an online survey, a special event booth, and a kids-focused interactive event.