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Uniquely Urbandale, it is more than the City’s logo, it is our culture.  Urbandale is a modern suburb that has not forgotten its small-town charm.   Urbandale is known for our safe streets and neighborhoods, our rich parks and recreational trails, and business opportunities and places to work.  Urbandale is a community that has something for everyone.  You are invited to browse this website to learn more about Urbandale.  For more information, please feel free to contact the City at (515) 278-3900 or by email.

What's New – Urbandale News and Announcements
Safe, Smart (and Free) Tire Disposal

What is keeping you from getting rid of those old tires that you no longer need? If the answer is convenience or cost, then we have an event that you won’t want to miss. You already know the tires are in your way, but they can also cause you and your family serious health risks due to disease carrying pests and fire.

Let Urbandale, along with Metro Waste Authority, help you dispose of old tires legally and free of charge.

Tire Drop-Off Event Details

Monday, April 21st through Saturday, April 26th

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

Drop off at Public Works Complex, 9401 Hickman Road

Rules - Each household can drop off a maximum of five tires with the rims removed. In special situations where a household may have more than five tires, please contact Metro Waste Authority to be considered for an exemption.

This program does NOT ACCEPT the following types of tires at the collection site:

  • Tires generated businesses
  • Farm or tractor tires
  • Solid tires (lawn mower, forklift or golf cart tires)
  • Bicycle tires

Year-Round Disposal – For a Fee

If you can’t take advantage of this event, or you find yourself with tires at other times during the year, then recycle tires directly with:

  • Liberty Tire Recycling in Des Moines

Or, utilize one of Metro Waste Authority’s facilities:

  • Metro Park East Landfill in Mitchellville
  • Metro Recycling Center in Des Moines
  • Metro Hazardous Waste Drop Off in Bondurant

For more information, call Metro Waste Authority at 515.244.0021or visit www.WhereItShouldGo.com.

Mobilizing Tomorrow

The MPO continues work on its next long-range transportation plan, dubbed Mobilizing Tomorrow. The plan, which is due in September 2014, will outline the projects, policies, and funding necessary to improve the region’s transportation system through the year 2050. The MPO’s current plan for the year 2035 was approved in September 2009.

The planning effort is led by a 13 person steering committee that was appointed by the MPO chair in November 2013. Mayor Ruth Randleman of Carlisle chairs the committee.

The MPO staff held the first public input series in early March. An online survey is available here. Additional public involvement opportunities will be announced later this spring.

As part of the public input process, the MPO has launched an interactive map to engaged citizens in the planning process. The MPO wants to hear about the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s transportation system. This information will help the MPO identify what kinds of projects are needed in the future. Check out the map here.  

Airline Avenue Road Closure - Update

The City of Urbandale will be installing storm sewer along Airline Avenue from 78th Street to 77th Street.  

This second phase (from just east of 77th Street to just west of 76th Street) is starting on Monday, April 21, 2014.  Airline Avenue from just east of 78th Street to just west of 76th Street will be closed to all traffic during this work.  It is anticipated this first phase of the project (77th Street to 78th Street) will reopen to traffic around the middle of May and the second phase in early of June.

This first phase will start on Monday, March 31, 2014.  Airline Avenue from just east of 78th Street through and including the intersection of 77th Street will be closed to all traffic during this work.  Updates are available at www.urbandale.org under GoTo: Current Street and Roadway Projects.  For more information contact the Department of Engineering and Public Works at 515-278-3950.

Available Workforce Talent Increases for Urbandale Area Employers

The results of a recently-completed labor study conducted by Iowa Workforce Development show that the number of potential workers for Urbandale area employers has increased about 50,000 in the last two years to a total of nearly 453,000. The area from which businesses draw employees has expanded in each direction, reaching to Fort Dodge, Atlantic, Lamoni and Ottumwa.  

A sign of the strengthening economy is the employment rate for the workforce in the Urbandale area has risen to almost 77 percent. The last labor study conducted in 2012 showed a 72.5 percent employment level.

The study shows that more people who live in the labor study area which includes the communities of Urbandale, Johnston and Grimes are finding work in those communities. The percent of people commuting out of the area dropped almost 3 percent from the 2012 study and is now estimated at 60.5 percent.  

The executive summary and full report are available on the website of the City of Urbandale Department of Economic Development at urbandale.org/econdev  

The Laborshed Analysis is produced by Iowa Workforce Development with support from the communities of Urbandale, Grimes and Johnston as well as MidAmerican Energy, Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, Des Moines Area Community College, Iowa Valley Community College and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Affordable Housing Week Proclamation

Mayor Robert Andeweg read the below Affordable Housing Week Proclamation at the April 1st City Council meeting.  

Affordable Housing Week Proclamation

Lot 7 in Deer Creek Rezoned

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the rezoning request for lot 7 in Deer Creek, from A-1 Agricultural Reserve District to R-1L Low Density Single-Family District.  This request pertained to a residential property in the “Deer Creek” subdivision located north of Hickman Road and west of 128th Street. The parcel has 292.35 feet of frontage on Deer Creek Trail and has a total area of 1.37 acres. The property is a residential estate and currently contains a single-family residence.  Most of the “Deer Creek” development was involuntarily annexed into Urbandale in 1992, with the exception of a few properties that voluntarily annexed into Urbandale a couple of years earlier. The “A-1” Agricultural Reserve District zoning automatically takes effect upon annexation.

The rezoning was requested to make the existing single-family residence legally conforming with respect to lot area, lot width and setbacks. The “R-1L” District requires a 90-foot minimum lot width, a 13,500 square-foot minimum lot area, and 12-foot minimum side yard setbacks.  The proposed rezoning conforms to the Comprehensive Plan.

Deer Creek Lot 7

Hampton Inn Site Plan Approved

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the site plan for the Hampton Inn (8900 Block of Plum Drive).  This site plan proposes a four-story hotel with 90 guest rooms, and has a total area of approximately 79,200 square feet. It will be located immediately west of the existing Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Architecturally, the building will be predominately brick to comply with the requirements of the P.U.D. Master Plan. The building has a conference center with an area of about 2,000 square feet to satisfy the Master Plan’s meeting room requirement. The hotel also will have an indoor pool, exercise room, business center, breakfast seating area, and guest laundry. The building will be fire-sprinkled as required.  A total of 115 parking spaces are provided, with parking to be available on all sides of the building.

Myles Ridge Preliminary Plat Approved

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the Myles Ridge Preliminary Plat (163rd Street and Douglas Parkway).  This preliminary plat covers two existing parcels that are located immediately east of the Urbandale/ Clive Corporate Limits. The parcels have a combined total of about 398 feet of frontage along the north side of Douglas Parkway, and a total area of 14.65 acres. There are two existing single-family residences on the two properties, both of which are proposed to be removed to allow the platting to occur.   

The plat proposes 36 single-family residential lots on 14.65 acres. The lots generally have widths between 75 and 115.48 feet with the corner lots being wider as required, and areas ranging from 10,500 square feet to 48,872 square feet. Douglas Parkway is fully improved with four lanes plus a median along the frontage of the property. 163rd Street will have right-turn only access, with 161st Street being the nearest full-movement access. No further improvements to Douglas Parkway are planned, except for the construction of a trail connection on its north side, to provide connectivity between Urbandale and Clive and access to an elementary school located on the south side of Douglas Parkway and along the Corporate Limits.

Waterford Landing Plat 5 Preliminary Plat Approved

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the preliminary plat for Waterford Landing Plat 5 (163rd Street and Waterford Road).  This preliminary plat covers the remaining portion of the "Waterford Landing" Planned Unit Development District that is south of Waterford Road. There is also a large, unplatted portion of the P.U.D. that lies to the north of Waterford Road.  

This plat proposes 34 single-family residential lots on 11 acres. The lots generally have widths between 75 and 95 feet with the corner lots being wider as required, and areas ranging from 9,374 square feet to 17,593 square feet. The minimum lot width requirement is 75 feet for this portion of the development. New streets proposed by the plat include a westerly extension of Springbrook Trail; 163rd Street, which is a collector street that accesses the plat from Waterford Road; and a westerly extension of Northpark Drive from “Waterford Landing Plat 4”, which also is a collector street to the east of its 163rd Street connection.

Public Hearing Set to Vacate a Portion of Public Property

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, set April 29, 2014 as a Public Hearing date to consider a request to vacate and convey a portion of public property in the Bent Creek Ridge Plat 1 (14600 Block of Brookview Drive).  This is a request from Accurate Land Company, Inc., owner and developer of the “Bent Creek Ridge” single-family residential development, to revise the configuration of land previously dedicated to the City to satisfy the requirements of the Parkland Ordinance for the plat.

Accurate Land Company is proposing to dedicate 40,872 square feet of Outlot ‘X’ to the City for public park and open space in exchange for the City agreeing to vacate and convey 56,161 square feet of Outlot ‘P’ back to Accurate Land Company. The land swap is almost an equal trade, but the resulting land area for public park and open space would be 2.65 acres, or 0.33 acre less than the 10% (2.98 acres) required by the Parkland Ordinance. However, in order to fully satisfy the requirement, Accurate Land Company will voluntarily construct park infrastructure, consisting of approximately 150 lineal feet of 8-foot P.C.C. trail south from the sidewalk along Brookview Drive, with a value equal to at least $6,600 (0.33 acre x $20,000/acre).

Land Swap

City to Purchase Wood Chipper

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the purchase of a wood chipper to aid the Parks and Recreation Department.  The chipper will be a 12” drum style unit, which will be used to chip limbs and brush removed from parks and public spaces.  The chipper was purchased off State of Iowa bid from Vermeer of Iowa in the amount of $29,418.  

UCAN Street Closure Request Approved

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the closure of Meredith Drive on September 21st for the UCAN "Urbandale Streets Alive" event.  The approved request by UCAN is to close a four-block segment of Meredith Drive between 121st Street & 125th Street on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 10am to 6pm for the inaugural “Urbandale Streets Alive” event. The event planning committee includes representatives from the UCAN, R&R Realty, Urbandale Police Department, and Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department. UCAN is seeking R & R Realty’s permission to use the half circle drive around the Paragon Prairie Tower as the area for participants to enjoy family-friendly activities, exercise and games, refreshments and entertainment. R&R Realty would also contact its tenants in the immediate area as part of the event planning.

The “Urbandale Streets Alive” event is purposely set on a city street and is patterned after similar “Open Street” events held in Des Moines and other cities across the nation. The events in other cities are held in a safe public space in a car-free setting where communities can connect, families and friends can exercise and play, and businesses can engage the public. The Parks and Recreation representatives on the planning committee support this event, and will be helping with the event.

Urbandale Supports IEDA Application for Delta Dental of Iowa

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved sponsoring Delta Dental of Iowa's Iowa Economic Development Authority's High Quality Jobs Program application.  Delta Dental of Iowa  is considering a project that would more than double their headquarters office space in Urbandale and increase employment.  If the project moves forward, Delta Dental will construct a 29,600 square foot addition to its current office. The company plans to invest over $9 million in the project. The company intends to create at least 15 new employment positions in three years, the majority of which will pay at least $24.32 per hour which is 120% of the regional average wage.  

Delta Dental has applied for financial assistance from the State of Iowa and intends to access the City’s TIF rebate program in the Northwest Market Center TIF District. As proposed, the company may be eligible to receive a refund of sales tax paid on construction materials. The rebate is estimated to be approximately $251,250. As a match for this assistance, the City would provide the opportunity for Delta Dental to apply for the five-year graduated TIF rebate, the value of which is estimated to be $176,789.  The IEDA Board will consider the Delta Dental project at its meeting of April 18, 2014.

Urbandale Supports IEDA Application for IP Pathways

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved the City's sponsorship of an IP Pathways' application to the IEDA for loan funds under the High Quality Jobs Program.  IP Pathways is an Urbandale business currently headquartered at 2550 73rd Street with offices in Omaha, Nebraska and Overland Park, Kansas. The company is an Information Technology hardware, software and services company. It was founded in 2007 and currently employs about 25 people in Iowa.

IP Pathways is considering a project that would solidify their headquarters presence in Urbandale, increase employment and make a substantial investment in a currently vacant space in the community. If the project moves forward, IP Pathways would enter into a long-term lease for an approximately 13,800 square foot facility at 3600 109th Street. The space would be used as both a data center and headquarters office. The company plans to invest nearly $1.7 million to lease and equip the space for their use in the first three years of the project. IP Pathways intends to employ an additional 53 people over three years at wages ranging from $38,500 to over $100,000 per year.

In order to finalize plans for the project, IP Pathways has indicated a need for financial assistance from the State of Iowa and the City. As proposed, the company would receive $240,000 in loaned funds from the State’s High Quality Jobs Program in addition to tax credits and refunds. As a match for this assistance, the City would provide the company a loan of $48,000 from its Revolving Loan Fund for a period of up to 5 years at a 0% rate of interest.  The building owner would have the option to apply for the Northwest Market Center TIF rebate program.

City Applies for Grant to Purchase New Police Body Armor

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved a grant application for the purchase of new police body armor.  The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant program would reimburse the City of Urbandale for up to 50 percent of the cost for outfitting an officer with body armor.  Under the program, an agency may request sufficient matching funds to purchase one ballistic vest per officer per fiscal year.  

The City's 2014 BJA grant application would look to purchase 21 Safariland ModelBA-2000S-MR01Level II ballistic vests, at an estimated unit price of $650, for a total cost of $13,650. The proposed vendor for the body armor would be Streicher’s, which is an acceptable supplier under the BJA vest program. The City would be reimbursed by the BJA for up to 50 percent of this cost if the grant application is approved. Under the BJA funding guideline, the City would have until August 31, 2016, to request for reimbursement.

Douglas Parkway Right Turn Lane Agreement Approved

The City Council, at its April 14th meeting, approved an engineering service agreement with Civil Design Advantage for the Douglas Parkway right turn lane near 121st Street.  Previously on March 4, 2014, the City Council approved a development agreement with Kum & Go LC for the design and construction of a westbound right turn on Douglas Parkway at a new entrance to the Kum & Go Convenience Store located at 3803 121st Street. This right turn lane would be continuous to 121st Street.

The approved engineering services agreement would provide preliminary and final design services for the Douglas Parkway Right Turn Lane Near 121st Street. The total cost for these services would be an amount not to exceed $25,000.00. Kum & Go has concurred with this recommendation as required by the development agreement.  It is anticipated that design work for this project would begin immediately. The completion date for the final design is currently set in October of 2014, with a letting in February 2015.  Construction is anticipated to be completed by late summer or early fall of 2015.

Annual Arbor Day Ceremony

The City of Urbandale and the Urbandale Tree Board will host the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony on Friday, April 25, at 4:00 p.m. at Colby Woods Park, located at Dellwood Drive and 78th Street in Urbandale.  This year’s ceremony will open with remarks by Mayor Robert Andeweg who will announce a grant award of $3000 from MidAmerican Energy’s Trees Please! Grant Program to the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department. The grant is funding the planting of 25 trees in Colby Woods Park as part of a restoration and beautification effort in the area.

The Arbor Day celebration is a cooperative effort of the City of Urbandale and the Urbandale Tree Board. The Tree Board sponsors an annual community tree event to plant trees on public property during National Arbor Day to ensure a greener and healthier tomorrow. Due to the dedicated efforts of the Urbandale Tree Board, the City of Urbandale is recognized as a Tree City USA Community.  For more event information, contact Urbandale Parks & Recreation at 278-3963.

Escape Suspect Update

Police Update - The active search of the immediate area where the escaped inmate, Kenny Bevard, was last seen has been suspended. Police believe that Bevard has received aid from others and is no longer in that area. Although the immediate danger to the public has passed, police ask that citizens continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activity. If Bevard is seen, do not try to approach on your own. Contact law enforcement or 9-1-1.

Suspect Photo

 

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