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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
32 Parks in 90 Days Challenge

32 Parks in 90 Days

Urbandale Craft Beer & Food Fest

Urbandale Craft Beer and Food Festival

Garbage/Recycling Schedule for week of May 25th

Due to the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 25th, garbage/recycling collection schedule will be pushed back one day for all residents.  For example:  if your collection day is on Monday, it will be on Tuesday instead.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Confirmed in Urbandale, Iowa

The Iowa Department of Agriculture confirmed today that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was found in an ash tree near the Colby Woods Park Open Space, south of Douglas Avenue and East of 86th Street in Urbandale.

EAB is now considered to be one of the most destructive forest pests ever seen in North America. It kills all species of ash trees when larvae feed under the bark on the actively growing layers of the tree. Trees that have been attacked by the EAB can die in just two to three years after infestation, but more typically last for five years.

The City of Urbandale completed an ash tree inventory two years ago and found approximately 500 ash trees within the developed park and trail areas. The City will begin treatment of select ash trees throughout the City and Park system and will only use the trunk injection method. All other ash trees will be monitored for health and removed as deemed necessary.

Ash trees on private property are at substantial risk in the coming years. Property owners are encouraged to chemically protect or physically remove their ash trees before the tree dies and becomes a hazard. Visit www.iowatreepests.com for help in crafting a plan. Property owners will be responsible for the treatment or removal of infested ash trees on their respective property. For tips on choosing a treatment contractor, please visit http://www.urbandale.org/trees.cfm

The City of Urbandale will be hosting a public informational meeting regarding the EAB on Thursday, May 28 at the Giovannetti Community Shelter, located in Walker Johnston Park, 8900 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Kevin James, assistant director, Urbandale Parks and Facilities, at 515-331-6799 or kjames@urbandale.org.
 

83rd Street & Douglas Ave. Lane Closure

The City of Urbandale will be adding a left turn lane on the north side of Douglas Avenue at 83rd Street. 

The project will be starting on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The 83rd Street frontage road connection to Douglas Avenue on the north side of Douglas Avenue will be closed to all traffic during this work.

It is anticipated the project will reopen in three weeks.

United Way of Central Iowa Gives Grant to the Making A Connection (MAC) Program

The Mayor and City Council were presented a $25,000 check from the United Way of Central Iowa to help fund the City's award winning Making A Connection (MAC) Program.  MAC is a summer camp for children within the Urbandale community that are generally at risk students, on free and reduced lunch, or have been recommended by the Urbandale Community School District (UCSD) as students who could most benefit from this program.

Without a positive outlet such as the MAC camp, many of these youth have little or no food to eat during the summer, as their families are struggling just to get by. Often times these children are also unsupervised during the summer months. This has lead to a lot of poor decision making, vandalism and police related issues.  

By being involved with MAC Camp, not only are the children supervised and receive two meals each day, they also benefit from daily math and reading work, physical activity, life skills and conflict resolution experiences, group challenges, and weekly fields trips.

Dunlap Arboretum Improvements Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its May 26th meeting, continued the public hearing for the Jackaline and Paul Dunlap Arboretum Improvements Project till June 9, 2015.  As designed, this project would provide for the construction of a 24 car parking lot, an 8 foot trail from the parking lot north to Patricia Drive, and a 6 foot walking trail east to Patricia Drive. The work is anticipated to be completed by September 11, 2015.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Gives Grant to the Urbandale Police Department

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows' Grand Lodge of Iowa presented the Urbandale Police Department, Mayor and City Council will a $13,615.56 grant to purchase 24 body cameras.  

Grant Check from the IOOF

Library Carpet Replacement and Shelving Configuration Project Public Hearing Continued

The City Council continued the public hearing for the Library Carpet Replacement and Shelving Configuration Project till June 9, 2015.  This project contains two components. One component would provide for carpeting, tile and customized millwork. The second component would provide for the reconfiguration of the public area and new furniture for the Library.  To provide a comment contact the City Clerk at 515-278-3900 or by Email.

Aurora Business Park Special Sign District Master Plan Public Hearing Continued

The City Council, at its May 26, 2015 meeting continued the public hearing till June 9, 2015 for the Aurora Business Park Special Sign District Master Plan.    The developer would construct five Interstate Monument signs that would be placed near the five internal lot lines of Buildings 14 through 18. The signs will be setback 10 feet from the Interstate right-of-way line and 10 feet from the shared, internal property lines. The monument signs would have a monolithic base (13’4” wide and 5’4” tall) to provide elevation for the copy area, which would be approximately 12 feet wide and 20 feet tall, and constructed on a black aluminum shell, which is a similar color and look as the materials used for the buildings in the Aurora Business Park.

As-Built Grading Survey Requirements Public Hearing Continued

The City Council continued the public hearing on the As-Built Grading Survey Requirements till the June 9, 2015 City Council meeting.  City staff is proposing amendments to the Subdivision Code, the International Residential Code (IRC), and the International Building Code (IBC) to require verification of as-built grading. The goal of these amendments is to ensure that at the time the projects are completed and/or as building permits are finalized, that the site is compliant with the approved construction drawings. Incorrect grades can affect the proper function of the storm water detention system; can damage personal property; and can affect the natural flow of waterways. The amendment to the Subdivision Code would require an as-built grading plan of the entire site to be submitted with the final plat for review.

Coyote Ridge Preliminary Plat Approved

The City Council approved the preliminary plat for the Coyote Ridge development (147th Street and Waterford Road).  This preliminary plat is for property located ¼ mile west of 142nd Street along the north frontage of Waterford Road, and has a total area of 81.2 acres.  The P.U.D. allows a majority of the lots to be developed with a 75-foot minimum width, and 60-foot minimum width lots within close proximity to an existing easement for a major overhead high-voltage transmission line that bisects the parcel, parallel to and about 1,250 feet north of Waterford Road.

The proposed preliminary plat consists of 190 buildable lots, 6 outlots and two points of access onto Waterford Road (147th Street and 149th Street). No individual lots shall be allowed direct access to Waterford Road. Outlots U, V, W, and X are proposed to be dedicated to the City to satisfy the requirements of the Parkland Ordinance. These four outlots total about 12.6 acres.  Outlots Y and Z are adjacent to Lot 8 and 7, respectively and are not proposed to be dedicated to the City.

Coyote Ridge Preliminary Plat

Myles Ridge Final Plat Approved

The City Council approved the final plat for the Myles Ridge development (163rd Street and Douglas Parkway).  This final 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.  The plat proposes 35 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 generally ranging from 10,500 square feet to 48,872 square feet.

 

Final Plat for Northwoods Place Plat 1 Approved

The City Council approved a final plat for the Northwoods Place Plat 1 (8301-8319 Brookview Place).  This final plat pertains to property located east of 86th Street and south of Interstate 35/80. The property is legally described as Lot 4 of the Northwoods Business Park. It has a total area of 1.43 acres and 186 feet of frontage along Plum Drive.  The development consists of two 6-plexes and one 2-plex for a total of 14 single-family residential attached townhome lots. Access to the townhouses from Plum Drive is via a private street to be named Brookview Place. Each unit will have a 2-car garage.

Final Plat for Northwoods Place Plat 1 Approved

The City Council approved a final plat for the Northwoods Place Plat 1 (8301-8319 Brookview Place).  This final plat pertains to property located east of 86th Street and south of Interstate 35/80. The property is legally described as Lot 4 of the Northwoods Business Park. It has a total area of 1.43 acres and 186 feet of frontage along Plum Drive.  The development consists of two 6-plexes and one 2-plex for a total of 14 single-family residential attached townhome lots. Access to the townhouses from Plum Drive is via a private street to be named Brookview Place. Each unit will have a 2-car garage.

Site Plan for the Living History Farms Maintenance Buildings Approved

The City Council approved the site plan for the Living History Farms' Maintenance Buildings (2600 111th Street).  This site plan proposes the construction of a maintenance building and an agricultural hoop building to be constructed on a portion of the Living History Farms property.  These two structures are for staff use (no public access), maintenance, and the storage of golf carts and accessory vehicles used at certain functions throughout the year. The proposed location of the two structures is north of the Sleep Inn hotel along the western boundary of the property, and approximately 65 feet from the Interstate 80/35 right-of-way.  The proposed maintenance building is 5,694 square feet and the hoop building is 3,800 square feet. This maintenance area will be accessed by an internal gravel drive and have internal gravel parking and driveways.

Living History Farm Site Plan

Preliminary Plat and Site Plan Approved for Timberline Village Condominiums

The City Council approved the preliminary plat and site plan for the Timberline Village Condominiums (142nd Street and Horton Avenue).  This preliminary plat and site plan pertains to a vacant property located along 142nd Street, approximately 500 feet north of Douglas Parkway.  The plat has a total area of 2.199 acres.  The project proposes three 8-plex condominium units. The buildings will have four units on the first floor and four units on the second floor of each 8-plex. Exterior building materials will need to consist of brick and wood siding to comply with the requirements of the P.U.D. Master Plan. The project also proposes three garage buildings with a total of 25 parking spaces. A total of 54 parking spaces are required by the Zoning Ordinance, on the basis of 2.25 spaces/dwelling unit. A total of 55 spaces are provided, primarily on the north side of the buildings.

Timberline Village Condos

Development Agreement for a Walnut Creek Crossing at 162nd Street Approved

The City Council approved a development agreement for a Walnut Creek Crossing (162nd Street Bridge) with the Urban Hills developer (163rd Street and Waterford Road).  On March 3, 2015, the City Council approved a revised preliminary plat for the “Urban Hills” residential development. This plat is for property located north of Waterford Road, and immediately west of Walnut Creek, between 156th Street and 170th Street. The property is 68.64 acres in size.  

A condition of approval of the preliminary plat was that the developer execute a Development Agreement with the City pertaining to the construction, timing and financing for the 162nd Street Bridge. The Development Agreement was drafted by the City’s legal counsel and signed by the developer. In general, the provisions of the Development Agreement include the developer pre-paying $55,000 per each recorded plat up to $165,000 and those funds being held in an escrow account for the future bridge construction. If, after the bridge is let out for construction, it is determined that the pre-payments made by the developer exceed 1/8th of the total bridge cost, then the City will reimburse the developer the difference between the pre-payments made to the City and the developer’s share of the developer’s obligation for the bridge costs.

Salt Purchase Approved

The City Council approved the purchase of roadway salt for use in the next winter season.  Bids were recently solicited for roadway salt. The bids were to include the supply and delivery of 1,700 tons of roadway salt. This year, Urbandale combined with the Cities of Adel, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Knoxville, Mitchellville, Newton, Norwalk, Pella, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Pleasantville, Polk City, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights and Woodward as well as Dallas County, Madison County, Marion County and Warren County.  Historically, the combined purchasing power of the cities has resulted in lower unit prices than could be obtained by each entity individually or as part of the State bid process.  The low bid of Central Salt in the amount of $63.13 per ton was accepted. The total cost of this purchase is estimated at $107,321. All salt would be delivered prior to November 1, 2015.  The price of $63.13 per ton represents a $0.35 per ton, or 0.6% increase over the previous year.

Liquid Calcium Chloride Purchase Approved

The City Council approved the purchase of liquid calcium chloride to use in the winter season.  Bids were recently solicited for approximately 30,000 gallons of 32% liquid calcium chloride to be delivered to the Public Works facility on a keep full basis.  The low bid of Jerico Services in the amount of $0.78 per gallon was accepted. The total cost of this purchase is estimated at $23,400.  The price of $0.78 per gallon represents a $0.06 per gallon, or 7.1% decrease over the previous year.

Mutual Aid Agreement Approved

The City Council approved a mutual aid agreement with the Polk County Fire Chief's Association.  The Polk County Fire Chief’s Association 28E Agreement for mutual aid  allows the City of Urbandale to receive mutual aid from other Polk County organizations and adjoining counties of Boone, Dallas, Story and Warren. Therefore, the City would not have to negotiate individual 28E Agreements for mutual aid from each organization.

SERT Agreement Approved

The City Council approved the Suburban Emergency Response Team (SERT) agreement.  The City of Urbandale along with the cities of Ankeny, Altoona, Clive, Johnston, West Des Moines and Dallas County are members of the current SERT 28E Agreement. SERT handles special threat situations and each member of the 28E Agreement provides administrative, personnel and equipment costs to fund the SERT Team. The current Agreement expires on June 30, 2015. The renewal agreement will expire on June 30, 2020 and adds the City of Waukee as a participating member.

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