Meetings + Documents


Meetings

Steering Committee, Commission, and Council Meetings are listed below; with most recent and upcoming meetings listed first. For additional info please visit the City’s website.

“This is the most clapping ever had at a City Council meeting…”

Mayor Russ Trimble at Feb 21st Meeting

Future Meetings

Stay tuned, for updates! Meetings with Plan Commission and City Council are being planned for later this fall to present the Design Guidelines.


Past Meetings

July 20, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Agenda

June 29, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street>> Presentation · Video · Agenda · Minutes

June 1, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Video · Agenda · Minutes

April 20, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Video · Agenda

March 30, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Video · Agenda

March 9, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Video · Minutes · Incentives Handout

February 21, 2022 · City Council Meeting ·5:30 pm at City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway (Purpose: Review and Adopt Draft Design Guidelines, Pages 1 – 40) · Unanimous adoption vote of 5-yes, 0-no · Press · Video

February 16, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Video · Minutes

February 14, 2022 · Planning + Zoning Commission Meeting · 5:30 pm at City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway (Purpose: Review Draft Design Guidelines, Pages 1 – 40) · Recommended with a vote of 4-yes, 0-no, 1-abstained

February 2, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Video · Minutes

January 26, 2022 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street >> Presentation · Minutes · Video

January 5 and 6, 2022 · Steering Committee Meetings · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street (2-night event) >> 1/5 PresentationMinutes · 1/6 PresentationMinutes

December 8, 2021 · Steering Committee Meeting · 4:30pm at the Human Services Building, 139 6th Street · Minutes

September 15, 2021 · Steering Committee Meeting · Teska attends first Committee Meeting and provides overview of process, engagement elements, and conducts ideation session on community character. >> Video · Agenda · Mind Map

August 30, 2021 · Steering Committee Meeting · Reviews response to proposal from Teska Associates; votes to select. >> Video · Agenda · Minutes · Response

August 11, 2021 · Steering Committee Meeting · Discusses scope for Master Plan Update; recommendation forwarded to City Council. >> Video · Agenda · Minutes · Request for Proposal

July 14, 2021 · Steering Committee Meeting · Newly formed Steering Committee holds first meeting. >> Video · Agenda · Minutes · By-Laws 

June 1, 2021 · Steering Committee Meeting · Informational Meeting to discuss potential update of the 2016 Master Plan. >> View Summary

Documents

Summaries of community events, workshops, surveys and project resources are listed below. Please refer to the meeting column to view minutes, videos, and presentations.

“We had a really good conversation on how to preserve history and embrace the future.”

Resident & Business Owner at Workshop

Information + Resources


Adopted Design Guidelines

Note: The information pertaining to Design Districts on pages 12 and 13 should only be considered approved in reference to the Mixed Use Commercial District. Details regarding the typologies and boundaries for the Railroad Avenue District and Transitional District have since been amended and are still being reviewed / refined through the plan process.


Engagement Summaries


Visual Preference Survey · 600+ Comments and 470 Responses · View Survey Results

Virtual Design Collaborative Workshop · Note: The in-person event was shifted to a virtual workshop due to tornado warnings and inclement weather. · View Summary

Community Character Poll · Summary

Small Nation Neighborhood Workshop · November 17, 2021 · Stilwell Junior High Cafeteria, 1601 Vine St, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm >> View Presentation · Video · Summary

Neighborhood Sessions · November 4-6, 2021 · Special thanks to the Friends of Valley Junction, Valley Junction Residential Association, and the Historic WDM Valley Junction Neighborhood Association for connecting and sharing! >> Session Summaries: Historic West Des Moines Valley Junction Resident Association · Valley Junction Residential Association + Friends of Valley Junction


Study Area

The project study area is the highlighted (teal) area in the map below, and generally bounded by 1st Street to the East, Grand Avenue to the West and North, and Railroad Avenue / Lincoln Street to the South. Click the map below to enlarge.



The Original Master Plan

Past Plans + Documents

Resources and Partners