Press Release - 2019

1/11/2019 - Urbandale’s 2018 Building Report Details One of the Strongest Commercial and Residential Investment Years on Record 

Urbandale, IA - The City of Urbandale’s Community Development Department issued a total of 942 building permits in 2018, with a total valuation of $140.2 million. This is the highest valuation since 2005, and the fourth highest of all time. 

Residential investment included 177 single-family detached housing units, and 15 single-family attached (townhouse) units, along with 24 new commercial buildings resulting in the second highest commercial valuation of all time. The remaining permits include commercial and residential projects such as additions, remodels, fences and decks.

“Urbandale continues to attract residential and particularly commercial investment at a noteworthy pace,” said Community Development Director Steve Franklin. “As the community continues to grow to the northwest, the City will be exploring the possibility of annexing additional territory in what is currently unincorporated Dallas County.”

Urbandale maintains a vast array of investment-attracting amenities including newly added I-35/80 interstate access, a senior recreation center, an indoor public pool, and an extensive park and trail network. Urbandale’s current annual budget represents the City's operating plan for this fiscal year, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Valuation generated in calendar year 2018 will be reflected in the City’s annual budget beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.