Jasper County Hazard Mitigation Plan

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).

This plan will be a very useful resource in the creation of the Newton Comprehensive Plan.  A link to the Introduction section is located here.  The Executive Summary is located here.

~Erin Chambers, Development Planner

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