Crafted by the House Rebuild Iowa Committee, the Iowa House has approved a bill to encourage local governments and other public bodies to consider smart planning principles when considering planning, zoning, and development issues.

“Smart planning is really about building strong communities for the next century.  From housing to natural resources to energy efficiency to sustainable design, smart planning will help revitalize communities large and small,” said State Representative Donovan Olson of Boone, who chairs the House Environmental Protection Committee.

Senate File 2265 encourage local governments and other public entities to consider ten smart growth principles, including collaboration, renewable energy, revitalization, community character, sustainable design, protection of natural resources, and transportation diversity.

“As Iowa continues to rebuild from 2008, smart planning principles are the key to rebuilding our community even stronger than before.  This is a great opportunity to improve the quality of life for Iowans and lay a solid foundation of growth for our state for the next Century,” said State Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt of Cedar Rapids.

The bill now returns to the Senate.