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Envision Adel 2040 - City of Adel Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Adel is excited to kick-off 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 by the end of 2019. Several public meetings and/or opportunities for feedback will be available in 2019.

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



Draft Plan

A draft of Envision Adel 2040 was presented to the Adel City Council on Tuesday, November 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Adel Public Library. The City’s Planning & Zoning Commission was also in attendance.

Please click here to download the draft Envision Adel 2040 comprehensive plan.

Please click here to download the draft Future Land Use Plan.

Please click here to download the draft Goals, Policies, and Action Items.

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

The next steps will be for the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission to review the plan before recommending it to the Adel City Council. Those meeting dates have yet to be determined.


Downtown Planning Study by ISU

Iowa State University is conducting a study of Adel’s Historic Downtown in the fall of 2019.

A Community Mapping Event was held on September 5. The ISU graduate studio presented three downtown scenarios on October 29:

Bricks, Business, & Buzz Scenario

Small Town Preservation Scenario

Sustainable Mobility Scenario

A final presentation with the recommended plans for downtown will be made on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Adel Public Library.


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 for 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.