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  • Hearing on Property Tax Levy

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    23 Jan 2020

    City to hold public hearing on proposed property tax levy

    The West Des Moines City Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year City property tax levy on Feb. 3, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The total City tax rate proposed for FY 2021 will not increase from the current year ($10.99).

    At the hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present objections to or arguments in favor of the proposed tax levy. After adoption of the proposed tax levy, the Council will publish notice and hold a public hearing on the proposed City budget.

    The projected property tax revenue will increase due to growth of the City and will be used to address the corresponding increase in demand for services. Click to view the entire text of the notice of public hearing.


  • The Valley Junction Board has a clear vision for the future...

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    10 Apr 2019
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    The Valley Junction Board members took time out of their busy days to help us understand their vision for Valley Junction. Second-story housing, prominent art features, historical retrofits, and adaptive re-use of space were all hot topics that the City was asked to consider in this long-range vision for our community - our community that was born out of the Valley Junction Historical Area..


  • The residents of the Village Cooperative were VERY cooperative in visioning for the future!

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    02 Apr 2019
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    Residents at the Village Cooperative, 55+ active living development shared their expertise, experience, and insight into WDM and its future. Public transportation, taxes, and storm water management practices were key themes for the day, and walkability and proximity were the number one reasons residents chose to move to the Co-op.



  • When the CREW gets together....

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    28 Mar 2019
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    Members of CREW (Women in Commercial Real Estate) got together with the City of WDM Comp Plan Team to discuss how trends in their industries will and could impact the future of WDM. The discussion was passionate, dynamic, and incredibly valuable! Check out Mackenzie's mind mapping!


  • Focus groups are taking off!

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    14 Mar 2019
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    Residents, experts, stakeholders, and other community members have been connecting with us to help create the vision for our City's future. Through 31 focus groups, we are aiming to reach as many people as we can. The ideas are flowing in and as you can see, Health Equity was a very popular topic! #Connect2Create #HelpPlanOurCity



  • Mind mapping with Teska!

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    28 Feb 2019

    Our consultant partner Teska spent two days utilize their unique skills in mind mapping to capture what the community wants! Check out the time-lapsed video below of the 5 focus groups Teska mapped for. These mind maps will help shape our final plan!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MGi5iOfxgA&feature=youtu.be

  • Focus, Focus, Focus!

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    12 Feb 2019
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    The Comp Plan Team has been hard at work creating focus groups that will engage the community and provide insight into the future of our City. To date, 21 focus groups are scheduled, with opportunities to participate at every step of the way! Please reach out to the team at connect@wdm.iowa.gov if you are interested in participating in one, two, or all! #Connect2Create


  • Our community partners are driving engagement!

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    04 Feb 2019
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    One of our community partners, Shive-Hattery, is helping drive community engagement for the Comprehensive Planning process. Reach out to us if you want to collaborate in some way - whether to host a meeting-in-a-box, forward surveys and emails to your staff, or post marketing material and idea posters in your facilities. Thank you to all our community partners on the collaboration! #Connect2Create


  • Waukee APEX Students are driving innovation!

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    11 Dec 2018
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    Waukee APEX Innovation and Learning Center celebrated its 5-year anniversary by showcasing student projects and organizational affiliations. Waukee APEX students are conducting an assessment of historic properties and neighborhoods in West Des Moines for the City's comprehensive planning process. Fun Fact: West Des Moines has 7 school districts located in it, including the Waukee school district!

    #Connect2Create

    #OurWDM

  • Jingle all the way - to the Junction!!!

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    30 Nov 2018
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    Comp Plan staff got to jingle their away around Valley Junction, soliciting ideas on visual preferences for our community - and giving away candy and snowflakes along the way at the Historic Valley Junction - Jingle in the Junction event! While residents waited to see Santa and the balloon maker, they engaged with Comp Plan staff about visioning for the future. Come visit us all 3 nights - November 29th, December 6th, and December 13th. #OurWDM #Connect2Create