Public Safety Leadership Seminar

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Johnston Economic Development and the Johnston Chamber will team up with the Johnston Police Department for a leadership seminar on November 20th from 3-6 p.m. at the Johnston Public Safety Facility. Chief of Police Bill Vaughn will present along with co-presenters Dr. Phil Pitzen of FEMA and Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership. Seminar topics will include: how businesses can become better prepared for disaster, disaster recovery planning, responding to hostile intruders in the workplace, an overview of the Johnston Police Departments Business Outreach Program and lastly a tour of the new Johnston Public Safety Facility. This event is open to the public. We hope you can join us for this valuable and informative seminar!








New Johnston Logo Considered


The Johnston City Council is considering a new logo for the community.  The current design includes an updated Johnston script, accompanied by a graphic representation of a deciduous tree during the four seasons.  The intent would be to adjust the graphic throughout the year to correspond with each season.  Various tag lines may accompany the seasonal image, which in some cases could be animated.  One possible tag line is “Thrive.  Every Day.” – as illustrated below.

City staff will be gathering input from the community in the coming weeks.


Edencrest Groundbreaking Ceremony


City officials and representatives of Hubbell Realty held a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Edencrest assisted living project on the afternoon of October 20, 2014.  The project will be located on Pioneer Parkway.  Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Company President, Steve Niebuhr, Hubbell Senior Vice President, Mayor Paula Dierenfeld and others were present to make remarks.  Thanks to the Hubbell team for investing in Johnston! More information about the project has been posted in the Grow Johnston Library under Housing Projects.

Suburban Plumbing Supply


Hubbell Realty Company has proposed to construct a 14,000 square foot industrial Building on Lot 1 of Beaver Drive Business Park at 5780 NW Beaver Drive.  The occupant will be Suburban Plumbing Supply Companies Pipe Fabricators.  The facility will be located west of NW Beaver Drive, and east of a facility previously developed by Greedy Investments, LLC.  The Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission approved the site plan at their meeting on October 13, 2014.

Candidate Forum

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Please join the Johnston Chamber of Commerce, JEDCO and Grimes Chamber and Economic Development as we co-host a legislative candidate forum on Tuesday, October 14. The event will be held at the Grimes Community Center and is scheduled from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The candidates from House District 39 are incumbent Jake Highfill (R) and Tom Leffler (D). This event is open to the public, please plan to attend.

Tour 2014 Is Here!

TourBusSeats are still available for the Annual Johnston/Grimes Economic Development Bus Tour on Wednesday, October 15th @ 3:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about recent and proposed economic development activity in the communities of Grimes and Johnston. The tour is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be followed by a networking reception at 5:00 p.m. The tour will start and end at Regus in the Foxboro Square Business Center, located in Johnston at 6165 NW 86th Street. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please call Kati at 515-564-6547 or e-mail

Windsor Multi-Family Housing

WindsorResidentialPotential changes to Windsor Office Park zoning which would allow for multi-family residential uses are being discussed.  A plan to allow up to 24 housing units per acre on Lots 12-15 has been advanced by Windsor Officer Park, LC.  Johnston officials will be reviewing the concept in the coming weeks.

The Johnston City Council will also be considering parameters for the use of tax increment financing to assist redevelopment efforts for qualified housing projects.  Current City policy allows for the use of TIF resources to redevelop areas appropriate for the elimination of blight for the purpose of stimulating private investment in residential development.

Johnston Brownstones Expand

JohnstonCommonsBrownstonesHubbell Realty Company has advanced plans for expanding Johnston Commons Brownstones, subdividing 3.3 acres into thirty-one (31) townhome lots and one outlot. The property is located south of NW 70th Avenue and west of Northglenn Drive.


WestPrairieTownhomesAmendedSitePlanAn amended Site Plan and Preliminary Plat for West Prairie Townhomes has also been submitted for review. The amendment would allow for some larger units and a number of single family detached units throughout the development.  The total number of units would be reduced from 63 to 55. The property is located east of NW 96th Street and north of NW 54th Ave.

Both plans were approved by the Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission at their meeting on 9/29/14. Additional information about each project has been posted in the Grow Johnston Library under Housing Projects.

Johnston Branding

logoconceptbw1Information about plans for updating communications efforts to reflect the benefits of living and working in Johnston were recently shared with the Johnston City Council.  Representatives of Red Dot Advertising and Design, a West Des Moines company, presented the results of a planning and focus group process.

Several “brand pillars” were presented including a few related to economic development communications. For example, Johnston is:

- A green community that balances metro and rural
- Safe, happy neighborhoods nestled in lush green spaces
- Recognized schools that nurture and support a highly educated community
- A thriving and supportive business community

Several updated logo designs have been presented for preliminary discussion.  The illustration above is one of several design options developed.  Important Note: the image is an example only. It is presented as grayscale, and is a photo of a projected image of a color rendering. No action has been taken by the Council.