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  • Local Option Sales and Service Tax

    Get the facts about the Local Option Sales and Service Tax. Learn more about the Tuesday, March 6th vote by clicking the link below.

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  • 2018 Human Rights Symposium

    On March 14th, 2018, the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission will hold its 32nd annual symposium. Register now! Free transportation provided by DART.

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  • Armory Development Request

    The City of Des Moines, Iowa is seeking developer interest in the city-owned 67,782 sq. ft. "Argonne Armory Building" located along the Des Moines Riverfront in downtown.

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  • 2018 Pet Licenses

    2018 Animal Licenses & Dog Park permits are now on sale. All dogs & cats 6 months old and older need to have a pet license. Dog park permits allow entry into all 3 of the City's dog parks.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.

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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.

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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.

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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.

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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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The Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission is a 15 member commission, appointed by the City Council with the responsibility to make recommendations on planning, zoning, subdivision platting and other issues related to the orderly development and redevelopment of the City. The Commission is supported in its work by the Division of Planning and Urban Design within the Department of Community Development.


Some of the major areas of responsibility for the Plan and Zoning Commission include: Long Range Planning, Special Area Planning, Zoning Ordinance Preparation, Development Review, Subdivision Review, Site Plan Review.


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