In recent weeks further steps have been taken to prepare for development in the Johnston NW Annexation area in the vicinity of Hwy 141 and NW Saylorville Drive (Hwy 415). More specifically, a rezoning request has been received for property along NW Saylorville Drive to prepare for a new housing development, and two new voluntary annexation requests have been received.

Rezoning a 113 acrea area located north of NW Saylorville Drive, and west of the intersection of NW Beaver Drive and NW Saylorville Drive will be the subject of a public hearing to be held by the Johnston City Council on March 18, 2019. The rezoning request would convert the area from Agriculture Reserve to a combination of R-1(75), Single Family; R-1(60), Single Family; R-2, One and Two Family Residential; and R-3, Medium Density Multiple Family Residential. The proposed action was reviewed by the Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission on February 25, 2019.

For the first time the City of Johnston could include territory west of Highway 141 if a voluntary annexation request is approved. The City of Johnston has received a petition from Reichenbach Farms Inc. for voluntary annexation of three parcels located west of Highway 141 and immediately south of NW Towner Drive. A separate voluntary annexation petition has also been received for two parcels located east of Highway 141 and immediately north of NW Towner Drive.

No zoning designation has been requested for either area at this time, but if approved the City would likely default to the Agriculture Reserve category at the time of annexation. The Johnston City Council has referred both voluntary annexation proposals to the to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further study and recommendation.

Note: The shaded areas are a representation of the areas affected, and should not be interpreted as showing the actual legal boundaries.