Design & Development Resources

Valley Junction Is Growing!

The potent combination of a rising metropolitan population, an attractive, walkable historic commercial district, and a strong economic environment for local, independent businesses make Valley Junction one of the most desirable shopping and dining districts in the Midwest. Private investment in Valley Junction is significantly increasing, with nearly $6 million in properties purchased and projects completed in 2021 alone. We are proud of our history and our accomplishments, but we’re also looking forward to future growth.

Historic West Des Moines Master Plan

To address concerns related to the accelerating rate of property development, the City of West Des Moines instituted a temporary building moratorium in March 2021. Shortly thereafter, the council appointed the Historic West Des Moines Master Plan Steering Committee, since the period covered by the previous five-year plan for the area had just ended. The new Steering Committee, representing district building and property owners, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders, is working with the City and Teska Associates to craft a new five-year plan.

Design guidelines and zoning will be a key component of this plan. Under the current timeline, recommended guidelines should be ready to go to council for approval in March 2022. Visit the Historic West Des Moines Master Plan website to view meeting agendas and video, visual preference and parking survey results, project documents, and more. Public input is invited and encouraged in this collaborative process.

Design Assistance to Meet Your Needs

As an accredited Main Street America program, we can help business and property owners access design expertise at no cost. Main Street Iowa professionals can work with you on renderings and recommendations for site development, interior and exterior rehab, new construction, signage, restoration techniques, and more. They can also direct you towards financial resources like grants and tax credits that can help turn your vision into reality. To schedule a design consultation, contact the Historic Valley Junction Foundation office.

Development interest in Valley Junction is increasing, with several major renovations or reconstructions of buildings completed in the last few years. Here, you can find resources about the design and development of the Valley Junction neighborhood as well as information about how you can be involved.

For Further Reading

A Pattern Book for West Des Moines Neighborhoods – A guide for homeowners considering renovations to Valley Junction properties.

Architectural Survey of Valley Junction

Valley Junction National Historic District nomination – Portions of the Valley Junction business district are included in a National Register Historic District. This document gives the history of that district.

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