Design & Development Resources

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.

Information from Public Meetings

May 3, 2021:  The City Council will hold a workshop on development in Valley Junction following the Council’s regular meeting. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting are recommended to be in the Council chamber by 5:30 when the regular meeting starts because the workshop will take place immediately afterward.

April 19, 2021:  The West Des Moines City Council formally adopted a temporary moratorium concerning development in the Historic Valley Junction Business District. When adopted, the moratorium was set to expire on May 3.

April 5, 2021:  Amid resident concerns over the pace and type of development occurring in the neighborhood, the West Des Moines City Council discussed a temporary moratorium on development in the Valley Junction neighborhood and city staff presented a framework for future meetings on development issues.

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

Historic West Des Moines Master Plan – Adopted in 2016, this was a comprehensive look forward at Valley Junction’s development.

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

Valley Junction Design Guide – Includes design guidelines for Valley Junction commercial property owners caring for historic downtown buildings.

Valley Junction Streetscape – Design of the Valley Junction streetscape as set out in 1999

Valley Junction area information from the West Des Moines 1993 Comprehensive Plan

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