Highway 5 / North River Master Plan

The Des Moines City Council was given an overview of the plan at the August 10, 2009 workshop. The entirety of the plan report is in its final stages of completion.


You may view the plan overview presentation delivered at the August 10, 2009 City Council Workshop.

The following notes coincide with the August 10, 2009 presentation.


A public open house was held at the Blank Park Zoo on December 19, 2007. Attendees were introduced to the planning process for the Highway 5/North River area plan, the long-range nature of the plan, and the initial concepts being discussed by the project advisory committee. The rest of the open house was used for attendees to review and comment on display boards illustrating the major themes from the initial discussions and direction in the planning process.


You may view the presentation delivered at the open house.

You may view a summary of the public input received at the open house.

You may view the presentation delivered at the April 11, 2008 Steering Committee meeting.


If you have questions or would like additional information, please call the Community Development Department at (515) 283-4182.


Steering Committee

Frank Cownie, Mayor of City of Des Moines
Christine Hensley, City of Des Moines City Council Member
John Mauro, Polk County Supervisor
Brian Meyer, City of Des Moines City Council Member
Kevin Middleswart, Warren County Supervisor
Richard Clark, City of Des Moines' City Manager
Dann Flaherty, City of Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commissioner
Marian Gelb, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Board Member
Tom Hadden, Growing Green Communities
Jim Martin, City of Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commissioner
Gerald Nugent, Property Owner
Mike Simonson, City of Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commissioner
John Spence, Property Owner


Technical Committee

Steve Akes, Warren County Engineering Department
Brent Bean, Polk County Public Works Department
Jeb Brewer, City of Des Moines Engineering Department
Carl Elshire, City of Des Moines Public Works Department
Gary Fox, City of Des Moines Traffic and Transportation Division
Larry Hulse, City of Des Moines Community Development Department
Michael Ludwig, City of Des Moines Community Development Department
Don Tripp, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department
Brent VandeLune, Polk County Planning Division


Consultant Team

Gould Evans - Land Use
Howard R. Green - SWMP, FIS, Transportation
Sammons Dutton - Economic Analysis