The Johnston City Council and staff taken several actions recently in support of developments in Johnston. Here are some key highlights.
- Budget plans are nearly complete, and it appears the City will keep the property tax rate the same: $10.63 per $1,000 of valuation. City staff have prepared an infographic explaining the main budget initiatives including projects to be funded by the local option sales tax. For more information about the budget plans – see the January 20 post.
- A 2021 Strategic Plan has been adopted by the Council. Economic development continues to be a priority with a focus on the Town Center, the Merle Hay Road gateway and reinvestment district, redevelopment in the NW 86th street commercial district, and infrastructure to support future development in the NW Beaver Creek Development Area (HWY 141 north). Expanding broadband access is also high on the list – although specifics are to be determined through the broadband visioning study currently underway and as the pending MetroNet build-out proceeds this year.
- In correspondence with the economic development strategic plan, a new economic development staff position to work with City Economic Development Manager Adam Plagge is in the works. A specific timeline for the new hire has not been announced.
- The ordinance amendment to allow for some additional activities in the Birchwood Crossing PUD has been completed. See the January 20 post.