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Envision Adel 2040 - City of Adel Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Adel is preparing for Envision Adel 2040, an update to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan.

The new plan will address land use, housing, commercial and industrial development, sustainability and the environment, transportation and infrastructure, parks and recreation, and community facilities and services.

The process began in late 2018 and is expected to conclude in July 2020. Several public meetings and/or opportunities for feedback occurred in 2019 (see below).

The City has engaged Confluence to lead this effort. Confluence has partnered with McClure Engineering, the City’s engineering firm.



Draft Plan – Updated June 10, 2020

The Adel City Council held a public hearing on Envision Adel 2040 at its Tuesday, June 9, 2020 meeting.

Please click here to review Confluence’s presentation from the hearing.

The council is expected to consider adopting the plan at its Tuesday, July 14, 2020 meeting. Please refer to the calendar page or agendas/minutes page closer to that date for details on the meeting.

Please click on the links below to review the draft plans.

If you have any questions or comments, please email City Administrator Anthony Brown at



Downtown Planning Study by ISU

In the fall of 2019, a graduate studio at Iowa State University completed a study of Adel’s Historic Downtown.

A Community Mapping Event was held on September 5. Three scenarios were presented on October 29, and the final plan was presented on December 17.

The Adel City Council formally accepted the plan at its Tuesday, March 10, 2020 meeting.

Please click on the link below to review the plan and presentation.

Downtown Adel 2020-2040 Plan

03-10-2020 ISU Presentation



August 10, 2019 Sweet Corn Festival Input

Confluence had a great turnout at its Sweet Corn Festival booth on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Please click here to view the input, which will be reviewed along with feedback received earlier this year (see below).



Public Input Summary

Please click here to review a summary of the public input forĀ Envision Adel 2040 as of May 2019.


Community Survey – Now Closed

Thanks to the hundreds of people who took our Community Survey for Envision Adel 2040! Please click here for the results.


April 16, 2019 “Box City” Event

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the “Box City” Event on Tuesday, April 16. This kids-focused event used boxes, paper, and creativity to have the children of Adel design their ideal place to live. Please use the gallery below to view photos from the event!


February 26, 2019 Public Workshop

On February 26, the City and Confluence held a Public Workshop at the Adel Public Library to present an overview of the update process and to gather feedback. Approximately 40 people braved the cold to attend.

Please click here to view the presentation from that evening.

Please use the galleries below to view the boards, maps, and photos from the meeting.