Greenbelt Master Plan


The City of Clive launched a master planning process for the Clive Greenbelt, a critical connection within the popular Central Iowa Trails Network, in the spring of 2015. In August of 2014, the Clive City council performed an update to the annual strategic plan and outlined a new goal for the Greenbelt identified as the creation of a “Distinctive Clive Greenbelt.”  The city understands that the Greenbelt is viewed as the major asset for the Clive community and has focused on preserving and enhancing this asset through the strategic plan.  During their strategic planning workshop, the City Council outlined the following objectives with an emphasis on creating a “Distinctive Clive Greenbelt”:

  • Neighborhoods connected to the Greenbelt
  • Stabilized Walnut Creek
  • Easy access to the Greenbelt with effective wayfinding signage
  • Extended, well maintained trail
  • Businesses along the Greenbelt at designated areas 

Based on the strategic plan’s priorities, the council launched a master planning effort in the spring of 2015 to successfully define the role of the greenbelt and drive strategic investments in the Greenbelt area for the next 20 – 25 years. On October 27, 2016 the City Council formally adopted the new Greenbelt Master Plan, readying the Plan for the implementation phase.  The master plan is broken down into three primary phases: Visioning, Design Criteria and Standards, and Implementation. The 18 month process was guided by the city's strategic plan and built on Clive's Distinct by Nature brand. In addition to RDG, team collaborators included Applied Ecological Services, ConsultEcon and the Healthiest State Initiative. The consulting team has been committed to creating healthy, resilient communities.

The inclusion of the Healthiest State Initiative is intended to help Clive break new ground in understanding the role the Greenbelt plays in maintaining public health. “Working directly with local public health data to influence the development of an important community amenity is new ground for Iowa and perhaps the nation. We’re excited for the opportunity,” says Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State.

The planning effort relied heavily on the public for its success.  The City encourages residents to check out the Master Plan Documents below. Due to file size the plan has been divided into seperate PDF sections.
Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Chapters 1 - 8
Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Chapter 9
Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Chapters 10 - 15

Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Appendix Part 1
Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Appendix Part 2
Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Appendix Part 3
Downloadable Greenbelt Master Plan Appendix Part 4