Documents & Programs


The City of Des Moines has a number of guiding documents, plans, and programs that set the tone for Des Moines’ future. You can find a number of them below.

GuideDSM – Strategic Plan

PlanDSM – Comprehensive Plan

MoveDSM – Transportation Master Plan

Connect Downtown – Downtown Mobility Plan

There are also a number of regional plan’s the Des Moines metro has created and adopted. You can find a number of them below.

Tomorrow Plan – Regional Sustainable Development Plan

Capital Crossroads 2.0 – Regional Vision Plan

Mobilizing Tomorrow – Regional Long-Range Transportation Plan

CONNECT: Central Iowa Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Action Plan 2020

MPO/CIRTPA Passenger Transportation Plan

DART Forward 2035 – Long-Range Transit Plan

Healthy Polk 2020 – Polk County Health Department’s Health Plan

Housing Tomorrow – Regional Housing Plan

One Economy – State of Black Polk County

Central Iowa Water Trails & Greenways Plan


BenchmarkingDSM – Across the country in large cities, buildings often account for the majority of energy use and carbon pollution. In effort to create a more energy-aware community and reduce energy waste, the Des Moines City Council passed on June 3, 2019, the Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance requiring building owners of buildings 25,000 sq. ft or larger to benchmark their energy and water usage.

After Action Flood Report 2018 – The flood event of June 30, 2018 broke numerous records across the Des Moines metro. With parts of the metro receiving 10 inches of rain flooding was not contained to the rivers and streams. Severe urban flooding turned roads into raging rivers and lawns into lakes. Over 2,000 homes flooded, numerous businesses impacted, and cost one Central Iowa life. In response the city of Des Moines included recommendations from the Task Force in their report, and went to great lengths to purchase repititively flooded properties in the Sheridan Gardens neighborhood.

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