Oct 15, 2021 - Real Estate

Des Moines neighbors oppose Ruby Rose Ridge development project

A photo of empty lots in Des Moines.

The Ruby Rose Ridge development near East 50th Court and Northeast 23rd Avenue in Des Moines. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Plans for a 65-unit housing development on Des Moines' far northeast side will go before the City Council Monday.

Why it matters: It would create more homes in an undeveloped area near Altoona and Pleasant Hill, but some nearby residents oppose the project.

Details: Developer Kenyon Hill Ridge's plans include 11 rowhouses, with some containing as many as eight units each. The total area would span 5.7 acres.

  • The proposed development, called Ruby Rose Ridge, is located in the 2400 block of East 50th Court, adjacent to single-family homes in the Copper Creek golf course community.

Driving the news: The developer wants Des Moines to amend its land-use plan for the area to allow for 12 housing units per acre.

  • The Plan and Zoning Commission recommended the City Council adopt the amendment in a 13-0 vote last month.

What they're saying: A dozen nearby property owners responded in opposition to city notifications about the project. (One was in favor and 90% didn't respond.)

  • Traffic, privacy, increased taxes and crime were among the concerns.

The big picture: The pushback reflects some growing pains.

  • Developments are closing in on longtime residents who previously enjoyed fewer neighbors.

What's next: The City Council is expected to vote on the matter following a public hearing Monday at 5pm.

Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

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