Press Release - 2022

January 5, 2022 - Building Boom: Urbandale’s 2021 Permit Valuation Highest on Record

The City of Urbandale's Community Development Department issued a total of 1,388 residential and commercial building permits in 2021, with a total valuation of more than $220.6 million. This is the highest valuation on record, surpassing the previous record from 2003 of $188 million.

Building permits issued by the City include many different types of commercial and residential projects such as additions, remodels, fences, and decks. Urbandale saw the construction of 417 single-family homes and 25 new commercial buildings in 2021 which helped set the new record for permit valuation.

“These strong numbers are an endorsement of the work of city leaders, businesses, and residents,” said Mayor Bob Andeweg. “It’s no secret, people are putting roots down in Urbandale thanks to our outstanding amenities, great schools, and wonderful residents and businesses.”

Urbandale maintains a vast array of investment-attracting amenities including the Urban Loop commercial development area which boasts seven I-35/80 interstate access points, one of the lowest city tax rates in the metro, an extensive park and trail network, and the ability to grow northwest and annex land in unincorporated Dallas County.

The City recently began the process to update its Comprehensive Plan, creating a vision with goals and objectives to guide future growth and development. Urbandale has grown significantly since 2003, when the current plan was adopted, and the development landscape has evolved significantly. 

For more information and to view the online permit portal, visit

January 3, 2022 - Urbandale Public Library Hosting Traveling Exhibit

The Urbandale Public Library will host the “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All” traveling exhibit from January 27 - February 4, 2022. In partnership with the City of Urbandale Civil Rights Commission, the Urbandale Library is hosting the following events to highlight the history and message behind the exhibit, as well as stimulate discussion about the current state of affairs.


  • January 27, 6 p.m. Keynote speaker Karen Kedrowski: Join us for opening remarks from Karen Kedrowski, Director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center (registration encouraged).
    • About the exhibit: The product of a collaboration between the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of Women, the Central Iowa Community Museum and the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All” highlights the contributions of African Americans in Iowa to the suffrage movement.


  • Saturday, January 29, 10 a.m. Judge Romonda Belcher: Judge Romonda D. Belcher will be presenting Sojourner Truth’s "Ain’t I a Woman" speech which was originally given at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio in 1851. Judge Belcher will share other details about this historical figure and her involvement with the suffrage movement. 
    • Target Audience: Middle school age and up
    • Registration encouraged


  • Sunday, January 30, 2 p.m. Continuing the Conversation: Discussion Panel: Join us for a panel discussion with a group of women who will share their experiences as African American community and business members in Iowa. Registration encouraged, guest speakers include:
    • Linda Franker, owner of Optimal Health & Wellbeing
    • Dwana Bradley, with Iowa Urban Media & Des Moines School Board
    • State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines
    • Renee Hardman, CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Iowa & West Des Moines City Council member
    • Teree Caldwell Johnson, Des Moines School Board & Oak Hills Neighborhood Association member
    • Betty Andrew, President of the Iowa/Nebraska NAACP