Regions 2 & 9 Rural Planning

Bi-State Regional Commission represents the Regional Planning Organization (RPO) for Region 9 rural planning for Scott and Muscatine Counties, Iowa. Transportation planning provides a coordinated and continuing process to assist communities in the implementation of transportation improvements. This planning is required before federal funds can be spent on projects. Planning before implementation has the added benefit of providing a technical means of ranking transportation needs and prioritizing available funding. Roadways, transit, railroads, waterways, airports, trails and intermodal facilities are all considered in the planning process.

Local, state, and federal jurisdictions work together with support from Bi-State staff to develop planning and programming recommendations for transportation improvements. In Region 9, recommendations are considered by the Region 9 Transportation Policy Committee composed of the chief elected officials from the City of Muscatine, Scott and Muscatine Counties, a small community representative from the Iowa region, and an official from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Additionally, the RPO also conducts regional transit planning for Region 2, representing the geographic area of rural Rock Island County and Henry, Mercer and Whiteside Counties, Illinois.  Region 2 Transit Advisory Committee provides oversight for rural transit planning and human services coordination in an advisory capacity to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

About-GIS/Mapping

Bi-State’s staff offers a full range of mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) services, creating attractive maps for use in planning documents, marketing and promotional pieces, site plans and economic development materials, as well as stand-alone navigational maps for special events.  Staff are knowledgeable in the myriads of public and private data available in spatial and tabular format that enhances the intelligence of our maps.

GIS/Mapping Services

With hundreds of geospatial datasets from both public and private sources at our fingertips, Bi-State Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping staff are able to create attractive maps that communicate information and ideas clearly.  Staff maintains geospatial data for the five-county region including roadways, railroads, water features, political boundaries (e.g., corporate limits), points of interest (e.g., schools, hospitals, attractions, etc.), trails and greenways, and parks.  We also collect GIS data from our public and private partners for features such as aerial imagery, parcels and other cadastral features, demographic and economic data, Census and other political boundaries, floodplain, soils, wetlands, and many more.  We combine all of these resources with extensive knowledge in GIS and data to make useful and attractive maps.

Types of Projects

Current Projects

Notable Projects

Types of Projects

folder Maps for plans, documents, and planning

Staff creates many maps that serve as visual aids to clearly and attractively show the multitude of geospatial data layers that are used in planning for local municipalities and the region.  Maps range from water and sewer system maps in a community’s comprehensive plan to future roadway projects planned for the entire region; from locations of federal investment dollars for infrastructure projects in the region to playgrounds and baseball diamonds in a municipal park plan; and from maps used to count housing units for U.S. Census activities to maps that the show location of low to moderate income census tracts.

 

folder Maps for marketing and promotional pieces

Many maps are used simply to depict a community or features and amenities of a community.  Staff creates maps to accompany community profiles/fact sheets, maps that are included in promotional and informational brochures, maps for websites, and maps that are included in guides for transit riders and recreational trails users, for example.

 

folder Maps for Site Plans and economic development materials

Staff creates detailed maps of specific areas sited for development or potential investment through grant applications.

 

folder Special Events Maps

Many maps are created for special events in the area such as the Quad Cities Marathon, East Moline’s Firecracker Run, and the XStream Clean Up.

 

Note: Staff can also provide (when applicable) accurate geographic data for your artist or graphic designer to use in creating maps for various special events and marketing pieces.

Current Projects

Region

Quad Cities Street Map Update – Staff coordinates an update of this popular street map approximately every four years created by Seeger Map Co., out of Racine, WI by gathering updates to streets, city boundaries, points of interest, and other features from local jurisdictions and agencies such as the Quad Cities Chamber and Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Two sizes of maps will be ordered again, the “wall-sized” (51” x 42”), printed in full color on heavy paper and the folded version (40” x 28”), full color, printed on both sides.  Wall maps will be provided in limited quantities to member governments for no charge and available to the public and other organizations for a minimal cost.  Folded maps will be pre-ordered and available to the public as well. For more information please visit our Quad City Street Map page.

 

Quad Cities Area

Trails Map for Washington DC Trip – Map showing major Quad Cities trails’ linkage to transcontinental National Trails:  the American Discovery Trail and the Mississippi River Trail – for local briefing  to congressional leaders in Washington DC.

Crash Study – Report of crashes that occur within the Quad Cities area with focused study on significant corridors and intersections.

2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Mapping – Mapping for the Quad Cities Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) Long Range Transportation Plan.  The plan and corresponding maps forecast the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area's transportation needs over thirty years into the future. The plan examines road and highway needs and also transit, pedestrian/bicycle, rail and other intermodal transportation needs.

 

Jurisdictions

Blue Grass, Iowa – Zoning Map – Annual update of zoning boundaries map for the City.

Colona, Illinois – 2010 Census Count Question Resolution – Staff is providing mapping and data assistance to review boundaries used for the 2010 Census enumeration as well as examine housing unit counts by Census Block in order to submit a challenge of the counts through the Census’ Count Question Resolution (CQR) Program.

Colona, Illinois – Water and Sewer GIS Mapping – Staff is developing an inventory of water and sewer system infrastructure features in a GIS environment for the City.

Davenport School District – Hazard Mitigation Plan Mapping – Mapping for pre-disaster planning document.

Geneseo, Illinois – 2013 Census Boundary and Annexation Survey Mapping – Reviewed corporate boundaries for accuracy and submitted revisions to U.S. Census Bureau Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Program.  The BAS Program allows local jurisdictions to review governmental boundary and legal name information to ensure accurate reporting of Census data for the ongoing, interdecennial Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey and the decennial Census(es).

Geneseo, Illinois – Zoning Map Update – Using a parcel base layer from Henry County’s GIS Department and information provided by the City, staff is updating the City’s Zoning Map and checking accuracy of corporate limits and other features shown on the map.  The map also shows the City’s Historic District and Planned Use Development (PUD) District.

McCausland, Iowa – Comprehensive Plan Mapping – Staff is working with Bi-State planning staff and the City’s Steering Committee to provided an updated Future Land Use Map for the City’s updated Comprehensive Plan.

Milan, Illinois – 2010 Census Count Question Resolution – Staff is providing mapping and data assistance to review boundaries used for the 2010 Census enumeration as well as examine housing unit counts by Census Block in order to submit a challenge of the counts through the Census’ Count Question Resolution (CQR) Program.

Muscatine County, Iowa – Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Mapping – Staff is currently updating the Muscatine County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  It provides participating jurisdictions access to FEMA mitigation grant funding and is updated every five years.  Updates to the Plan include review of historical occurrence, probability and vulnerability of hazards; updating demographics and community changes over the past five years; and reviewing goals and mitigation actions.  Maps included in this plan show flood hazard areas, soil characteristics, dams and levees, hazardous materials sites, repetitive flood loss properties, and existing and future land uses.  Mapping also shows the relationship between each community’s critical facilities and the hazards, so communities can make educated decisions on how best to protect those facilities.  The data behind these maps are also used in GIS to calculate total property values of critical facilities, levee inundation areas, and floodplains.  

Oak Grove, Illinois – 2013 Census Boundary and Annexation Survey Mapping – Reviewed corporate boundaries for accuracy for the U.S. Census Bureau Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Program, which allows local jurisdictions to review governmental boundary and legal name information to ensure accurate reporting of Census data for the ongoing, interdecennial Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey and the decennial Census(es).

Orion, Illinois – Water System Map Update – Update of Water System Mapping for the Village.

Rock Island County – Update County Office Building Floor Plans – Create up-to-date floor plan layouts for four floors of Rock Island County Office Building with current room numbering, office names, and evacuation information.

Rural Township (Rock Island County, Illinois) – Census Count Question Resolution – Staff is providing mapping and data assistance to review boundaries used for the 2010 Census enumeration as well as examine housing unit counts by Census Block in order to submit a challenge of the counts through the Census’ Count Question Resolution (CQR) Program.

Silvis, Illinois – 2013 Census Boundary and Annexation Survey Mapping – Reviewed corporate boundaries for accuracy and submitted revisions to U.S. Census Bureau Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Program.  The BAS Program allows local jurisdictions to review governmental boundary and legal name information to ensure accurate reporting of Census data for the ongoing, interdecennial Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey and the decennial Census(es).

Silvis, Illinois – TIF Districts Mapping – Provide updated map and calculate acreage for the City’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Districts.

Silvis, Illinois – Water and Sewer GIS Mapping – Staff is developing an inventory of water and sewer system infrastructure features in a GIS environment for the City.

Notable Projects

Region

folder County-to-County Commuting Flows Map – Also referred to as “Journey to Work” data, this map graphically displays information related to a worker’s travel from home to work at the county level.  The data is based on information collected in the 2006 – 2010 American Community Survey, five year estimates.

folder Center of Population Maps – Using geoprocessing Tools in Esri ArcGIS forDesktop and based on Census Block population data, staff created a series of maps showing where the mean center of population is for the five-county Bi-State Region, the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the Transportation Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA), the Transportation Urban Area (UAB), and Rock Island and Scott Counties.

folder New Market Tax Credits Maps Staff created a series of maps showing Low-Income Community eligibility data for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program based on income and poverty data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) for 2010 census tracts, as determined by the Community Development Financial Institutions Investment Fund (CDFI).  Maps are for the five-county Bi-State Region; Quad Cities Metro Area; City of Aledo, IL; City of Kewanee, IL; and City of Muscatine, IA.

 

Quad Cities Area

folder Quad Cities Marathon Map Staff created maps for the USATF certified course, including the full marathon, half-marathon, detail maps of each city the race passes through, and elevation maps.  The flat and fast course features one of the finest, most scenic river views in the country. It covers 5 races, 4 cities, 3 bridges, 2 states, and 1 island, all along the mighty Mississippi River.  The race is held annually on the fourth Sunday in September. The 26.2 mile run starts and ends in downtown Moline, IL.

folder XStream Cleanup Map Staff created a map of sites for this annual Quad City-wide cleanup of creeks, drainage ways, and sections of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers.

 

Associate Members

folder Quad City Chamber – Marketing Maps Staff created a series of maps for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce for marketing the Region, including a general 6-county Service Area Map, Transportation Arteries Map, Railroads Map, and Educational Facilities Map.  The maps were designed with the Chamber’s logo colors and branding identity in mind.

 

Jurisdictions

Oak Grove, Illinois – 2010 Census Count Question Resolution – Staff submitted a successful challenge to the Village of Oak Grove’s 2010 Census Count, resulting in an increase in this small village’s population by 211 persons.  The increase means more funding to the Village through such programs as Motor Fuel Tax distribution.  Before the challenge, the Village’s 2010 Census population count was 396.  Staff provided mapping and data assistance to review boundaries used for the 2010 Census enumeration as well as examine housing unit counts by Census Block and submitted a challenge of the counts through the Census’ Count Question Resolution (CQR) Program.

folder Davenport, Iowa – Vacancy Rates Map Staff researched and mapped a new data set, Aggregated U.S. Postal Service Administrative Data on Address Vacancies, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City of Davenport.  Staff created a thematic map showing the percent of vacant residential addresses by Census Tract in the City for 2nd Quarter 2012.

folder Quad Cities Area – Food Deserts Project Mapping Food deserts are areas with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet.  Certain socio-economic demographic characteristics are also usually found in these areas.  In two similar projects, staff mapped a variety of geospatial data to aid in identifying where food deserts exist in the Illinois Quad Cities Area and in Davenport, Iowa.  The Illinois QC Area mapping was used by Trinity Health System and a local fresh foods planning group to identify food deserts.  The Davenport mapping was used in a Healthy Foods Plan for the City of Davenport.  Note:  These maps don’t necessarily identify food deserts for these areas.

folder Rock Island County, Illinois-River Valley Library District Population Study Using Esri ArcGIS for Desktop GIS software and Census block population data, staff provided population estimates for the River Valley Library District, based on its boundary (generated from tax codes in the Rock Island County GIS parcel/assessment database).  Staff studied historical population (pre- and post- annexation) using Census 2000 data, as well as estimates for the current district using Census 2010 data.

folder Quad Cities Area – Transit Rider's Guide System Mapping Staff provides current transit route mapping to the three transit providers in the Quad Cities Metro Area to produce a Quad Cities Transit Routes Map and an Iowa Quad Cities Transit Riders Guide.

folder East Moline, Illinois – Firecracker Run Mapping Staff created an attractive route map for the annual Firecracker Run Race held by the City of East Moline and Genesis Hospital, including customized icons and symbols.

folder Colona, Illinois; Eldridge, Iowa; and LeClaire, Iowa – Census 2010 Redistricting Mapping Using Census 2010 block population data, staff assisted each municipality in determining various scenarios to determine municipal ward and precinct voting boundaries.

All Maps

Many of the maps staff produces are available in PDF format in the folder Maps section of this website.  For maps from other agencies and communities go to our Mapping Resources section.  Bi-State offers these popular maps:

QC Street Map

Traffic Count Maps

Maps within Documents

 

Trails Map

Regional Maps

Community Maps

Transportation Maps

Specialty Maps

QC Street Map

  • 2015 Quad Cities Metropolitan Area Street Map
  • The most up-to-date and accurate map of its kind – locally researched
  • Fully indexed for streets and places of interest
  • Great for office walls, boardrooms, restaurants, retail stores, travel areas, warehouses, and distribution centers
  • Covers the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area
  • Two sizes available:
    • Wall-size (51” x 42”), printed in full color on heavy paper
    • Folded version (40” x 28”), full color, printed both sides. Includes insets for outlying communities of Aledo, IL; Blue Grass, IA; Clinton, IA; Cordova, IL; DeWitt, IA; Geneseo, IL; Kewanee, IL; Muscatine, IA; Princeton, IA; and Walcott, IA
    • Similar wall-sized maps may cost as much as $100.00, but our high quality map is only $25.00 (excludes shipping and handling)
    • Folded maps cost $5.00 each



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