Embracing the River: Smart Growth Strategies for Assisting in Cedar Rapids' Recovery   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Introduction: "In January 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into an Interagency Agreement to supplement FEMA's Long-Term Community Recovery (LTCR) activities in Iowa and provide technical assistance to help communities recover from the June 2008 floods and tornadoes. Between March 2009 and May 2010, six communities in Iowa--New Hartford, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Coralville, and Waverly--received assistance through this interagency agreement. Outcomes from this partnership include strategies tailored to the specific recovery efforts in each of the six communities, a model for collaborative work between EPA and FEMA, and the transfer of technical expertise on smart growth approaches and long-term recovery across the two agencies. This report describes the technical assistance with the city of Cedar Rapids. Staff from EPA headquarters, FEMA, Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO), the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and EPA Region 7 convened local leaders to explore options for stabilizing neighborhoods affected by the flooding and to address barriers to creating neighborhoods that support compact development patterns with a mix of land uses. The city sought to address how existing land development patterns contributed to the occurrence of flooding in certain areas of the city."

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