Urban Design Review Board

The Des Moines Urban Design Review Board makes recommendations to the City Council on design of public projects and private development projects located downtown, in City business parks, and throughout the city that request tax increment financing assistance. It also serves with the Historic Preservation Commission as the Landmark Review Board.

General Requirements

Eleven members:

  • four registered architects (one with significant restoration experience)
  • two licensed landscape architects
  • one resident who is a developer or realtor/broker
  • three resident representatives
  • one resident representative with demonstrated interest in historical renovation and restoration

The Urban Design Review Board was formed by combining the Urban Development Board and Architectural Advisory Committee.

Professional Requirements

Four registered architects (one with significant restoration experience), two licensed landscape architects, one developer or realtor/broker.

Membership Term Information

Three years

Term Limits

Term limits apply

Term Expiration

June 30

Meeting Information


Meeting Frequency

First and Third Tuesdays of each month

Meeting Time

7:30 AM

Meeting Location

Municipal Services Center / Floor Second Floor - Room: Board Room
1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

City Staff

Ryan Moffatt (515) 283-4013, rlmoffatt@dmgov.org