Comprehensive Plan Update:

CONNECT-2-CREATE: Our City, Your Future, One Plan. 


West Des Moines is updating the City's Comprehensive Plan. 

We invite everyone who lives, works, plays, or visits West Des Moines to CONNECT with us on social media and the project website. We are posting questions, surveys, and other activities to learn and better understand what you want for the future of our City.

Your ideas will help CREATE the final plan. Use the tools on our project website to share ideas and photos, map insights, and let us know what actions and priorities you think would help make WDM the best yet!


The Development Services Department houses the Planning and Building Divisions for the City.  These two divisions provide day-to-day support for the development and building community and resident support for development and building questions.

The Planning Division responsibilities include:

  • Zoning
  • Long-Range Planning
  • The Comprehensive Plan
  • Current Development Proposals
  • Site Plan and Plat Review
  • Addressing

The Building Division responsibilities include:

  • Building Permits
  • Signs
  • Building Inspection Rental Housing
  • Home Occupation
  • Building Plan Review