The City's strategic plan identifies the Town Center as a "community destination and focal point" where there is public space to hold community gatherings. The City Council's direction is for the Town Center to utilize public investment as a catalyst for private development in the Town Center area. Elements of the Town Center include the aqautic center, a new Government Center and related City Campus, a mix of land uses and a familiy-oriented environment with strong connections to the Clive Greenbelt. The Town Center area is identified as the area around NW 114th Street between Hickman Road and University Avenue in Clive.
In early 2013 the City of Clive began a planning process to develop a Vision Plan for the new Town Center, engaging urban design consultant Dennis Reynolds to assist in development of the Vision Plan. Throughout the winter and spring, Reynolds and City staff gathered information on the project area, held workshops to develop goals and objectives, conducted a market analysis to determine economic viability and created development concepts for the Vision Plan.
As a part of the Vision Plan the Town Center has been divided up into different "neighborhoods" (shown below) with each containing a specific character and style of development. With the area already having a substantial amount of development, this Vision Plan is designed to allow for in-fill of currently vacant property while also incorporating the redevelopment of parcels already developed in the area long-term. The goal is for each "neighborhood" to have a distinctive sytle, while also conforming to the overall Vision Plan for the Town Center area.
On May 30, 2013 Dennis Reynolds presented Part One of the Vision Plan outlining the Gathering of Facts, Setting Goals, Establishing Needs and the Initial Development Framework for the Town Center. For a copy of the Part One presentation please click HERE.
On June 20, 2013 Mr. Reynolds presented the balance of the Vision Plan in his Part Two presentation focusing on Detailed Development Concepts, Evaluating Development Impacts, and the Town Center Vision and Its Benefits. For a copy of the Part Two Presentation please chick HERE.
The Mayor and City Council reacted favorable to the Town Center Vision Plan and directed staff to move forward with the creation of a detailed master plan for the Town Center Neighborhood (the red circle to the left). This master plan will develop specifics on how this ten-acre plot of land owned by the City will be developed in connection with the construction of a new Governent Center, housing Law Enforcement and City Hall functions. Additionally, later this year the City will begin an in-depth look of the long-term land use plans for the entire square mile between Interstate 35/80, 100th Street, Hickman Road and University Avenue. This larger planning effort will incorporate the work performed to date on the Town Center Vision Plan and project its impacts on the surrounding area.
A major component of the Town Center project is the Clive Government Center. Throughout 2013 the City has been working with architects from Shive-Hattery to develop a building program for the Government Center. The facility is currently programmed for approximately 50,000 square feet of space and would house the Police, Administration, Technology Services, City Manager's Office and Community Development Departments. In addition, a new City Council chambers would be proivded in the facility.
On August 29, Shive-Hattery presented a prelimary building program to the City Council for their review and feedback. The presentation is available here. Also included with the presentation was a formal space needs analysis of the departments and a detailed floor plan that has been created.
Work on the Government Center will coincide with the Town Center development and the planning documents for each will be merged in later 2013.
For any questions regarding the Government Center or Town Center projects please contact Assistant City Manager Matt McQuillen at (515) 223-6220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.