Grimes Comprehensive Plan

Grimes, IA

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Community Planning Overview:

Grimes is a fast-growing, northwestern suburb of Des Moines that is projected to more than triple in size between 2010 and 2030. To accommodate this growth, the land use concept provides several new ideas including: a variety of housing types, necessary commercial services, an expanded park system, and a transportation system to connect neighborhoods. The city’s existing transportation system is dependent on a small number of arterial streets with few local collector streets. The Grimes Comprehensive Plan clearly defines a transportation system that is multimodal and expands the number of connections between neighborhood and community destinations. In an effort to create a more distinct identity for Grimes, the plan includes a concept for improving the downtown and surrounding area, known as the Governor's District. This concept uses the abandoned rail corridor as a spine that will connect the city with community destinations and green spaces as well as create new development opportunities in the older parts of the city.  Following the plan, RDG was retained to assist in looking at corridor aesthetics for Highway 141 and designs for a new Village District