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Huxley moves forward on three community visioning areas

Volunteers in Huxley gathered for a goal-setting meeting for the Huxley Visioning project July 8 in the city’s safe room.

The goals the group set narrowed down the number of ideas to three, from several given by various members of the Huxley community earlier in the visioning process. A map was shown from an earlier meeting, with what the community identified as transportation assets and barriers.

The three priorities the group elected to focus on include 1)improving the Highway 69 corridor for pedestrians, 2) since it is the main road through town, making a more attractive entryway sign on the southern edge of the city and 3) putting up more signs to local attractions like parks. Those present also agreed that the city should continue Huxley’s “Heart of the Prairie” theme for these projects. One way to do this would be to incorporate native prairie grasses along the Highway 69 corridor, around local parks and at the entryway sign entering Huxley from the south.

As part of the community visioning process, landscape architects from Bolton & Mink will help Huxley with designs for the improvements around the city. Huxley was announced as one of ten cities with a population under 10,000 to receive a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation for the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program earlier this year.

The next step in the visioning process is for the landscape architects to show the community drafts based on what they’ve heard and seen from Huxley thus far. After feedback is taken from as many residents as possible, the architects will finalize their plans and present to the community. A community tour will take place on Aug. 11, from noon - 1 p.m., for residents to envision specifically how the architects could improve certain areas of the community. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., a design workshop will take place so residents can provide feedback to the plans. At 6 p.m., there will be a preliminary presentation from the design team.

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