JEDCO Board Tours Cadence



On January 17th the JEDCO Board of Directors ventured out from their normal meeting location at the JEDCO office and visited the new Cadence Apartments. The Cadence Apartments are an urban-style Hubbell Realty project located on the North end of Merle Hay Road in Johnston. Board members had the opportunity to tour the new facility and view the variety of floors plans and amenities Cadence has to offer. Cadence is currently leasing one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Click here for more information about Cadence!  

SEH Expands to Central Iowa, Feeling at Home in Johnston

A large, regional consulting firm is now calling Johnston home. Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) opened their newest office in Johnston in July, 2016. The Johnston location is the second SEH office in Iowa, adding to their longstanding north Iowa presence in Mason City. SEH is a civil engineering, architecture, and planning firm with more than 800 professional staff in 31 offices across the Upper Midwest. Current staff in the Johnston office include:

Perry Gjersvik, PE Waster/wastewater engineer and office Manager

Ross Harris, AICP Transportation Planner

Mike Lyon, PE Transportation Engineer

Lucas Casey Business Development Manager

The local team has more than 60 years of experience working with metro area communities, developers, and contractors. They are excited for the opportunity to launch SEH’s expanded Iowa presence from Johnston. The new SEH office is located at 5414 NW 88th Street, Suite 140. You can reach the team by phone at 515-608-6000, or find more information about SEH online at:

Johnston Community Development – 2016 Annual Report

Sustained growth and redevelopment was the community development theme for Johnston in 2016. More than $60 million in new valuation was permitted over the course of the year. An expanded Annual City of Johnston Development Summary report is now available and provides a detailed summary of new permits issued, construction projects and insights into what to expect for 2017. Several important economic development projects were kicked off in the 4th Quarter of 2016. Stay tuned to for more updates on city development news.

New Ways to Grow Johnston

The Johnston Community Development department recently unveiled several new and useful tools to facilitate development in Johnston. As a developer you might benefit from the following features of some new web pages.

  • Quick access to the current zoning regulations
  • A keyword search of the regulations
  • Zoning maps with land use lookup features
  • An online library of Johnston development forms, studies and plans
  • Online calculators for buffers, parking and more

These resources are available at through a system published by Kendig Keast Collaborative, a Texas-based community planning consulting company.

Administrative Professional


Enterprise Iowa/MidAmerica, which provides management services for JEDCO and the Johnston Chamber has posted a new position. The position is an Administrative Professional. See the position description for more information.

Individuals who are interested in the position should forward a cover letter and resume to Enterprise Iowa, 8711 Windsor Parkway, Suite 2, Johnston, IA 50131. Applicants may also submit information via e-mail to

JEDCO Annual Meeting

January 19, 2017 – 4:30 PM
Stoney Creek Hotel

Annual Meeting3

Join us for the JEDCO Annual Meeting on January 19, 2017 at Stoney Creek Hotel. The Annual Meeting features JEDCO Updates, nominations of JEDCO Board Members and a networking reception. Please join us for an update on JEDCO activities in 2016 and to network with other JEDCO members and friends. We look forward to another great year in 2017!


Plaza on 86th Plans Initiated








Steps toward rezoning the area on the SW portion of NW 54th Ave. and NW 86th Street are being taken by the Johnston City Council. A request to modify the zoning map for 5.5 acres to allow Community Retail Commercial district uses along with R-4, High Density Residential District uses was referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission by the Council at their meeting on October 3, 2016.

Learn more about this project from JEDCO member NAI Optimum.


Windsor Office Park Gains Momentum










UPDATEOn October 3, 2016 the Johnston City Council approved plans for the Dance Vision and Rainbow Rascals projects.

The Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission considered two new projects for Windsor Office Park at their meeting on September 26, 2016. One is a proposed child care facility presented under the name Rainbow Rascals Child Care. 814 Development LLC has proposed a 11,992 square foot child care facility with 17,241 square feet of outdoor playground area and a future 2,500 square foot retail building. The property is located on the northwest corner of Thomas Avenue and NW 86th Street.

The other project is a proposed 12,162 square foot dance studio presented under the title Dance Vision. The project was presented by Elsie John Properties, LLC and the site is located at 8711 Thomas Avenue in the Windsor Office Park

Taken together with the Premier Lending Alliance project advanced earlier in 2016, activity in the Windsor Office PUD has picked up noticeably. Both of the new projects were advanced by the Commission.

2016 Economic Development Bus Tour


Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Crescent Chase I – Office Building
8850 NW 62nd Ave – Johnston

Join JEDCO and GCED for their annual Economic Development Bus Tour. This year the Johnston tour will include a look at the Terra Lake Park Project and a tour of the new Johnston High School project. The Grimes tour will highlight several projects and areas of development in the Grimes community. The tour begins at 3 PM at the Crescent Chase office building in Johnston and will be followed by an informal networking reception at 5 PM.

Limited seating is available. Click here to register.



Recreation Amenities For Apartments

Recreational Activities

Update: 9.26.16 – The Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission heard a presentation on this report. City staff reported that feedback from developers thus far had been positive.

The Neighborhood Development Corporation has presented a report to the City of Johnston concerning the availability of outdoor recreational amenities for residents of apartments and townhomes. The impetus apparently stemmed from reports that such developments had a higher volume of calls for service to Johnston police. Of interest to developers is the discussion about future “recreational amenity requirements” for multi-residential developments in Section 4 of the report.

The report includes a case study of Sultan, Washington. The community of 4,700 residents has established minimum requirements to be set aside for recreation in a development. Developments are then required to establish certain types of amenities based on certain criteria. The report goes on to make recommendations for standards in Johnston (see section 4.4 of the report).

The full report is posted  here, and the report concludes by suggesting that it be used as the basis for a dialogue with stakeholders. Developers are encouraged to review the report, and to provide comments to Council members and staff.