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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Survey Draws Positive Input for Community Planning

Comunity Survey respondents

The Sioux Center City Council reviewed the results of the 2018 Community Survey, which gathered feedback on city amenities, services, infrastructure, and development from more than 700 people.


“We had a very good response,” said Dean Gabhart, Centre Mall manager, who helped coordinate the survey. “There is good interest in having input in the future of the community, and people appreciated this opportunity.”


View the Survey Results Presentation


Some highlights:

  • Most respondents feel safe in Sioux Center neighborhoods, parks and retail areas, and 92% rated police services positively.
  • Library services, fire services, ambulance services, recycling/garbage collection, and water, wastewater, natural gas, and electric utilities received favorable ratings from 80-95% of respondents. These and other categories experience an increased rating from responses to a similar survey in 2013.
  • People also showed approval for community development, with 87% giving it a favorable review. “This is a significant increase from five years ago. Their comments showed appreciation for healthy growth and the direction of local leadership,” said Maggie Landegent, city communications coordinator. “People see access to housing as vital to Sioux Center’s future. Parks and recreation amenities are also seen as a significant factor in healthy growth.”
  • Parks and recreation facilities were highly reviewed, with 80-92 percent of people rating them favorably. People ranked maintenance of existing parks, expansion of the recreation trails, and adding indoor recreation space as top park priorities.
  • Respondents ranked “safe and efficient traffic flow on Highway 75” as their No. 1 priority for future transportation investments. Next was residential street repairs and walking/biking paths.
  • When asked what “one thing” needs to be addressed for Sioux Center’s future, more people listed Highway 75 than any other topic. Council members indicated improving the highway is high priority, with public input as part of the planning process.


The survey was mailed with utility bills, shared online, and made available in print in both English and Spanish in several locations.


City Manager Scott Wynja said the survey responses help incorporate public input in big-picture planning.


“We will take this information and incorporate it into our planning and communication as we look at items we need to address as we move forward,” Wynja said. “We appreciate people’s willingness to be involved in sharing input for Sioux Center’s future.”

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