Jan 11, 2022 - News

New boundary line in Des Moines metro's may signal growth ahead

Reproduced from City of Urbandale; Chart: Axios Visuals

Urbandale and Grimes agreed to extend their boundary line west by 1 ½ miles last month.

  • Their future city limits are now slightly closer to Dallas Center's.

What's happening: While neither city explicitly stated the reasoning for the move, the expansion is likely a roadmap to future growth.

Between the lines: Suburban development is exploding, reflected in permits for commercial and residential projects that set records in 2021.

  • Urbandale issued nearly 1,400 permits that were valued at more than $220 million, or about $33 million above a previous record set in 2003.
  • Waukee issued 1,761, valued at almost $331 million and topping a record set the previous year by about $85 million.
  • Ankeny's nearly $500 million in permits was almost $76 million above 2020's record.
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