Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning

As one of the 18 designated Regional Planning Affiliates (RPA) for the Iowa Transportation Commission, Upper Explorerland is tasked with the planning, programming and administration of federally-funded transportation activities in the five-county region.  Our transportation staff works regularly with the RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board, the Transportation Technical Committee, the Transportation Enhancement Committee and the Passenger Transportation Advisory Group to distribute federal transportation funds, complete the required DOT planning documents and manage RPA-1 projects in the DOT programming system (TPMS).  Transportation staff also represents the RPA 1 Board and its Committees in state and regional initiatives that work to improve or support the transportation network within the region.  UERPC transportation staff also serves as the region's transportation resource by providing ongoing assistance as requested from communities, agencies, committees and citizens.  In addition, UERPC maintains regional transportation data and provides project development assistance.
 
The RPA 1 Transportation Policy Board is comprised of representation from each of the five counties and the two communities within the region with populations over 5000, Decorah and Oelwein.  The Transportation Policy Board guides and sets policy for local transportation planning; ensures compliance with state and federal legislation; and approves funding for roads, bridges, transportation alternatives projects, and regional transit. 

Supporting the Policy Board are committees whose memberships represent expertise and/or interest in the focus of each committee:

  • The Technical Committee, which consists of the five county engineers and street department representatives from Decorah and Oelwein, serves as the Policy Board's technical advisory group.  The Technical Committee initiates, reviews and recommends regional transportation programming to the Policy Board.
  • The Enhancement Committee consists of the five county conservation directors and other regional stakeholders with interest in enhancement activities.  The committee meets to review and recommend projects for transportation alternatives funding and also works to build a sustainable and feasible trail system to provide non-vehicular travel options.
  • The Public Transportation Advisory Group (TAG) is charged with building an improved passenger transportation system for regional residents who do not have access to personal transportation options.  This group consists of local transit representatives, private transportation providers, human service providers and others concerned about transportation for non-drivers.
    • A sub-committee of the TAG, the Job Access Mobility Institute Team has been formed to work on workforce transportation in the region.  This group is focused on increasing Transit ridership and developing commuter routes with improved services and amenities. 

For more information, please contact Karla Organist.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is an annually produced document that describes the federally funded projects and activities that are planned for the RPA 1 region in the next four years.  It is a fiscally constrained plan that identifies the use of federal funds in highway, bridge, alternatives and transit projects.  The projects identified within this document may receive federal funding from a number of different sources which are distributed through a variety of methods, some through formula, others are discretionary (earmarked) and some by a competitive granting process. 

Once approved, the TIP projects are included in the Iowa Department of Transportation's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  This document is available for public review on the Iowa DOT's website at:
www.iowadot.gov/program_management/stip.html.

Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) Documents

Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) Documents

Transportation Planning Work Program annually outlines the transportation planning activities each RPA will undertake for the next fiscal year.

Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) Documents

Passenger Transportation Plan (PTP) Documents

The Passenger Transportation Plan is a document that is developed to serve as a mobility management tool to help meet the specific passenger transportation needs of the region and further the development of the local and regional public transportation system.  Under the new MAP-21 transportation law, annual updates will no longer be required, but the full document will be completely updated every five years.

Public Participation Plan

Public Participation Plan

The Public Participation Plan's outline in detail the process each RPA will follow to adequately involve the public in their transportation planning activities.

Long Range Transportation Plan

Long Range Transportation Plan

The purpose of the Long Range Transportation Plan is to encourage and promote the development of a regional transportation system that incorporates all modes of transportation to provide for the safe, efficient and economical movement of people and products.  The Long Range Transportation Plan includes a description of the region's existing conditions; forecasts future population and potential growth corridors; identifies current and projected future transportation problems and needs; and explores various transportation improvement strategies to address those needs.  In addition, the plan lays out the short-term projects and long-range policy goals of the region.

Title VI Program

Title VI Program


News Headlines

Housing Program Meeting Being Held

Posted: Wed, May 6, 2015

Housing Program Meeting Being Held
Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Oelwein Chamber and Area Development
25 West Charles, Oelwein, IA

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is hosting a meeting regarding housing programs that are available in Northeast Iowa.  Guest speakers include Jeremy Babcock and Steve Benne with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Jerry Floyd and Rita Eble from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and Kathy Pfiffner from USDA.

Hot Topics include:

  • IEDA Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program (WHTIP) is to provide financial incentives for the development of housing.
  • IEDA Owner Occupied Rehabilitation to assist with rehabilitation assistance for low-to moderate income homeowners in their community.
  • IFA First Time Homebuyer or Qualified Veteran program to assist with down payment and rehabilitation assistance.
  • USDA-Repair and Rehabilitation Program to assist applicants with 1% loans and those 62 and older with grants for homeowner rehabilitation.
  • USDA Direct and Guaranteed loan programs for help in purchasing homes.
  • USDA Multi-Family Housing to assist with rental assistance in rural development financed apartments.
  • UERPC Housing Trust Fund Programs-Funding available to assist homeowners and landlords with rehabilitation assistance.
  • UERPC-Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance to those under 50% of HUD’s income guidelines.


This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Oelwein Chamber and Area Development office at 25 West Charles Street, in Oelwein.  If you are interested in attending this meeting or would like more information please contact Mary Huinker at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or by emailing Lori Brockway at lbrockway@uerpc.org.

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FREE Informational Session on Financing Sources for Businesses

Posted: Fri, May 1, 2015

Clayton County Development Group in Elkader the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cedar Rapids and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah are holding an informational session on various sources of financing for start-up & existing businesses.  SBA, a federal government agency devoted to assisting small & medium-sized businesses, will have a representative discussing business loan options, and Clayton County Development Group and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission will have a representative discussing RLF funds available for businesses.  The 1-1/2 hour session, including questions & answers, will take place on Tuesday, May 12th starting @ 5:30 PM at Clayton County Office Building at 600 Gunder Rd. in Elkader, Iowa.  Register today to attend contact Darla Kelchen at 563-245-2201.

WHAT:       Free informational session on sources of money for businesses
WHO:        New/start-up and existing business owners/managers
WHEN:      Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 starting @ 5:30PM & wrapping up by 7PM
WHERE:    Clayton County Office Building 600 Gunder Rd. Elkader
COST:        Free

Join Clayton County Development, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and SBA to learn more about the options available for financing your business.  Also, discussed briefly will be government contracting opportunities and free counseling along with low cost training resources available for businesses.  Get your questions answered.  Register by contacting Darla at the CCDG office at 563-245-2201.

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Office Car For Sale

Posted: Mon, April 27, 2015

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2007 Malibu, LS V6 package, 141,993 highway miles, grey, four-door, cloth interior, very clean. Minimum bid is $2,400.

Please submit sealed bids to Executive Director, Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101.  Bids will be opened at 12:00 Noon on May 7th. You do not need to be present at opening of bids.

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To All Local Area Contractors or Developers

Posted: Thu, April 23, 2015

To:             Local Area Contractors or Developers
From:        Sarah Snitker, Program Administrator
RE:           Information on 2 Upcoming Meetings

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) will be holding an informational meeting for local contractors or developers interested in higher education of their craft.  This meeting will be instructed by Bill McAnally and discuss high performance building information and ways to make homes more energy efficient.  

Bill has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry.  He was a building contractor for over 15 years specializing in new home and light commercial construction.  During this time he focused on energy-efficient and healthy building methods.  Bill was also a carpentry instructor for Iowa Central Community College for 17 years, eventually serving as Department Chair of Industrial Technology.  Bill now operates Bill McAnally Consulting.

This meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 8:30 A.M. at the Upper Explorerland Conference Room, 134 W. Greene Street, Postville, IA.  This meeting will be free of charge.  

For any contractors interested in bidding or working on projects within the City of Lansing through the Lansing Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program, this meeting is highly encouraged as it will discuss ways in which work will have to be done for these projects.  

UERPC along with USDA, IFA and IEDA will be hosting a housing incentives meeting to discuss options for housing incentives available in our area. This meeting will discuss the Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Programs, all HOME assistance programs and also about loans and grants available through USDA. This meeting will be held at the Oelwein Economic Development Office at 25 W Charles Street in Oelwein on Tuesday, May 19th at 11 a.m.

If you are interested in attending these meetings or would like more information please contact Sarah at 563-864-7551 ext. 101 or by email at ssnitker@uerpc.org.  

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