Bondurant

The City of Bondurant is one of the fastest growing communities in Iowa, with a median age of 31. Economic Development efforts have netted more than 3,500 jobs over the past few years. The City also recently had the Farmers’ Cooperative announce it was closing operations, leaving Bondurant with 24-acres with grain silos on it for redevelopment in the downtown area. The City is a regional trail hub and a designated Iowa Great Place. Bondurant also has built a reputation of an artsy community with a strong hometown feel, supported by multiple public festivals each year.

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County
Polk

Projects

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Bondurant Public Works Facility

Published
Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Academic year
2024-2025
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Bondurant is currently developing a Civic Campus area that will include new municipal buildings. One of these is a a new public works facility. The current building housing this area of city government is being transitioned into the central parks and recreation building.

Digital image of two rows of trees with a path down the middle.

Bondurant - Chichaqua Valley Trailhead and Trail Improvements

Published
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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For their capstone project in Civil and Environmental Engineering, a team of students devised a way to connect two sections of the popular Chichaqua Valley Trail. Their design will create a more direct path for bikers and pedestrians. The design also includes a new bridge to replace an existing railroad bridge that has deteriorated and is no longer safe. Additionally, the team designed a food truck plaza, arboretum, and parking.

A carnival ride with grain siloes in the background

Bondurant - Collecting Oral Histories

Published
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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A community is built on its history and work needs to be done to maintain the stories and objects related to its past. As Bondurant grows and evolves, there is a desire to retain and safe-keep the history of those who have deep roots to the area and its traditions.

Sun and green roof

Bondurant - Greening City-Owned Properties

Published
Friday, November 3, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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How can Bondurant make its existing properties, including buildings and land, as sustainable as possible? This question is at the heart of a project led by Masters of Public Affairs students as they consider options for the city to increase green buildings, solar panels, wind, and other sustainable features that can be added to Bondurant's growing civic infrastructure.

digital image of blue, yellow, and green checkered grain silos

Bondurant - Law and Policy to Support Community-Driven Redevelopment

Published
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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Bondurant, Iowa, like other communities in Iowa, is facing a critical question:  How can the city repurpose the grain silo complex in downtown and make it a catalyst for growth and development? This is a complicated question of identity, design, law, funding, honoring the past, and envisioning the future. The City’s goal is to repurpose a 24-acre parcel of land in the middle of downtown, which has silos, grain elevators, and railroad tracks. These buildings have long been part of the fabric of the community and the city skyline.

Autumnal path

Bondurant - Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Published
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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The City of Bondurant seeks a new Parks & Recreation Master Plan that provides comprehensive vision for the local park system, recreation facilities, natural resources, and other public open spaces. The most recent plan was completed in 2013, and Bondurant’s 2022 Comprehensive Plan provides a strong foundation for updating the Master Plan. The Plan will identify strategies to enhance, expand, and protect features that support active lifestyles, equitable access, and a healthy community.

mural depicting birds

Bondurant - Parks and Recreation Mural

Published
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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A mural depicting Iowa birds was added to the side of Bondurant's Emergency Services building. Located at the Bondurant Regional Trailhead, the building is the future home of the city's Parks and Recreation Facility. 

Created by Drew Etienne (MFA, University of Iowa), the mural encapsulates the beauty of Iowa's natural landscape across all four seasons. The artist statement conveys the inspiration for the design: 

Group of four people smile at at the camera, one man is wearing law enforcement gear.

Bondurant - Public Safety Feasibility Study

Published
Friday, November 3, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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The City of Bondurant currently relies on Polk County for public safety needs, including for crime, fire, animal control, and other calls that could potentially be received by a city police department. With its current growth rate in mind, Bondurant has tasked students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs to consider the need for and feasibility of a city-led department. In addition to assessing current and future needs, the team is researching options that are proving successful in other similarly sized communities, including greater funding to social service providers.  

A narrow stream surrounded by grassy green banks and some trees in the distance.

Bondurant - Stream buffer overlay district mapping

Published
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
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Bondurant adopted Chapter 167 Stream Buffer Protection and Management in an effort to protect the various streams that flow through its city limits. This project will include the mapping of the streams that flow through Bondurant, applying the appropriate buffer zone to each zone, and/or applying the appropriate maintenance zone to each stream. Students in ICIGO will help Bondurant citizens as well as city staff identify undevelopable land surrounding these streams. 

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Bondurant -"Grow Your Business in Bondurant" - a film project

Published
Friday, November 3, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

A student in Cinematic Arts will undertake this promotional film for Bondurant. 

Policy and Persuasion group photo

Bondurant Community and Economic Development Policy Briefs

Published
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Academic year
2023-2024
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Students in the course Policy and Persuasion worked with City of Bondurant representatives to develop policy directions for issues related to the city's rapid growth and their desire to preserve the community's core "small town" identity.    

old yellowed photo of large white wooden house on what appears to be a large, open plot of land.

Telling the Story of Bondurant's History

Published
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

Graduate students in the Department of English worked with the Bondurant Historical Society to develop multimedia resources that connect Bondurant's past and future, focusing on ways to preserve community heritage and identity in the face of rapid community growth.