The Lincoln Way Corridor Plan will create a detailed plan for the Lincoln Way Corridor, the City of Ames primary east-west roadway stretching 6.75 miles through the community. The Plan will address land use, development, traffic and mobility, urban design, infrastructure, and more along the corridor. The Plan will help guide decision-making and investment for the area for the next several years. The planning area includes the Lincoln Way Corridor, as well as blocks abutting the corridor, for the entire length of Ames from approximately I-35 on the east to US 30 on the west.

What is a Corridor Plan?

A Corridor Plan is intended to cover the area adjacent and near to a designated corridor. Unlike other kinds of plans, corridor plans must carefully balance two sometimes competing needs: 1) the need to move traffic through an area in an efficient and safe manner, often necessary as a regional priority; and 2) the need to create a sense of place and identity that provides the local community with a viable mix of uses and strong tax base. Corridors often represent an important community economic development opportunity that must be balanced with adjacent and nearby residential uses.

What are the contents of a Corridor Plan?

A typical Corridor Plan outlines the existing conditions, identifies the primary issues and opportunities, describes future goals and objectives, and includes detailed action plans addressing land use and development, transportation and mobility, urban design and streetscape, infrastructure and facilities, and more.  The corridor plan will also include an implementation strategy to assist the community with realizing the plan’s recommendations.

Who is involved in creating the Corridor Plan?

As the blueprint for the corridor, it is critical that all stakeholders are involved in the development of the Corridor Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and institutions in the process in order to craft a vision and strategy for the Lincoln Way corridor’s future. Ultimately, the Corridor Plan will be approved by the City of Ames Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

We already have other plans. What will happen to those?

Existing plans are an important part of the planning process. These Plans will inform the Lincoln Way Corridor Plan, and in some cases will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are consistent with the community’s current aspirations for the corridor.

When will the Plan start and when will it be completed?

The initial phases of the Plan have begun, with anticipated completion in Fall 2016.

How can I get involved in the process?

It is important to get involved in all the Lincoln Way Corridor Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and more information detailing the planning process can be found on the Documents page.


If you have any questions, or would like to sign up to receive updates about the Lincoln Way Corridor Plan process, please contact Karen Marren, Planner for the City of Ames, at