Envision Newton 2042

The purpose of the Envision Newton 2042 Comprehensive Plan is to establish a shared vision, to guide future decisions and actions, and to assist in projecting and managing growth, change, public improvements, and development in the community.

The City’s future growth, to be guided by this comprehensive plan, will be driven by the community’s reputation as a leader in K-12 education as well as its proximity to services, higher education, commerce, innovation and proximity to the Des Moines metro area. The region’s abundance of quality recreation and business growth opportunities also adds to the quality of life experienced by residents. 

This plan is an active part of the community’s efforts to attract people and business to the unique small town feel and development opportunities Newton has to offer. The content within this plan sets to create the best version of the community for future generations to live, work, play, and learn. This comprehensive plan is an effort to reinforce the long-standing planning priorities of the City, while recognizing changing conditions, trends, and new issues. The comprehensive plan reflects a shared vision for the future of Newton. 

Click here to read the full Envision Newton 2042 Comprehensive Plan.

Envision Newton 2042

Vision

NEWTON, A GROWING CENTRAL IOWA COMMUNITY, INVITES VISITORS, BUSINESSES, AND RESIDENTS TO EXPERIENCE OUR AUTHENTIC, SMALL-TOWN CHARM AND BIG CITY AMENITIES.

Building and articulating a strong vision and objective statements was a priority of this planning process. Newton’s vision, as portrayed on the previous page, was designed to be aspirational, compelling, and descriptive of the desires of the Newton community. The vision for Newton’s future is the result of a thorough review of community input gathered throughout the project, and a number of meetings along the way. In addition to being welcoming and dynamic, Newton provides a place unlike any other that people are drawn to, a “compelling destination” – which leads us to the first strategic objective.

Strategic Objectives

  • Establish Newton as a compelling destination by integrating attractions, business types, and services that provide engaging experiences for both residents and visitors.
  • Focus economic development efforts on population and business growth by simultaneously supporting existing employers while attracting new employers and supporting citizens working remotely.
  • Elevate Newton’s curb appeal, with a focus on primary corridors, through improvements to both public and private spaces.
  • Maintain Newton’s existing infrastructure system while also enhancing or expanding the system to support a high quality of life and community growth.