Clive Northwest Neighborhod Plan and Design Guidelines

The Northwest Neighborhood Master Plan and Design Guidelines was a collaborative planning process between the City of Clive, Iowa, and major landowners for 600 acres of land representing the community’s final new neighborhood. This process sought to accommodate market potential and economic realities wile achieving additional public objectives. Mr. Weber managed this project while with another firm.

The document was published as The Northwest Neighborhood Plan and The Northwest Neighborhood Design Guidelines.

The Creek Valley: The Little Walnut Creek valley would be preserved as public open space, floodplain and a multi-use path while land along five ravines would be designated as private open space.

Streets: All streets were designed to be appropriately narrow and have a sidewalk and street trees on both sides. Two roundabouts with plantings were included for traffic control and interest. “Parkway Connectors” would link the Greenbelt to the commercial-residential village in the southeast while adding form and drama to that neighborhood.

House Relationship to the Street: Houses would be encouraged to have a front porch in order to enliven the streetscape, bridge the transition from the public to the private space and promote social interaction. Similarly, builders would be encouraged to set garages no closer to the street than the rest of the front façade, if not farther back.

Attached Housing: Several types of attached housing are planned including an aged-restricted building. A few apartments could be located above retail shops.

Parks: Three public parks with athletic fields were planned along with two public squares and two private parks.

Mixed-Use Retail and Residential Village A walkable, diverse and relatively dense “village” was planned in the southeastern corner of the neighborhood. The shops, which would serve several nearby neighborhoods, would be located along a “Main Street,” have parking to the rear and on-street, and have doors and windows on both sides. There would be several types of attached housing that fronts onto the public streets and relates to the village public squares. Seniors’ housing and small offices are possible.

Costs: Means of apportioning improvement costs between the City and the land developers were included.

Design Guidelines: The neighborhood design guidelines booklet, generously illustrated with photos and graphics, addressed these and other subjects:

Single-Family Housing: Lot sizes and grading; house design, color palette and orientation; garage setbacks; porches.

Mid- and High-Density Housing: Context and character; orientation; façade materials and garage doors; outdoor private areas; parking.

Office Buildings: Facades; landscaping; sidewalks.

Local, Collector and Parkway Street Design: Width; sidewalks; landscaping and lighting; roundabouts.

Parks, Open Space and Path Design: Location, programming; plantings and materials; connections; surface water management; conservation easements; creek overlooks.

Neighborhood Commercial Area: Building facades, doors and windows, and relationship to the streets; signs; lighting; parking; landscaping.