The Iowa Smart Planning principles recommend that comprehensive plans address hazard mitigation. This fall, Jasper County has completed their Hazard Mitigation Plan- which includes Newton.
The purpose of the plan is “Building a disaster resistant community is an initiative that challenges Jasper County to undertake actions that protect families, businesses, and public facilities by reducing the effects of natural disasters.
Reducing the effects of natural disasters makes economic sense, and it is good public policy because it protects the citizens and the future of the community.” (page 2 of the Introduction & Planning Process).
~Erin Chambers, Development Planner