City Council Meeting: Updated Items, Teleconferencing, and COVID-19 Safeguards

DES MOINES, IOWA — Friday, March 20, 2020 – The Des Moines City Council will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 23 but under strict health and safety protocols for the coronavirus pandemic.

Because of the community spread of COVID-19 in the Des Moines metro, only the Mayor, City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk will be physically present at the 4:30 p.m. meeting from Council Chambers. The six members of Council will connect remotely through a teleconferencing platform.

A physical public presence will not be permitted. Public and media access to the meeting will only be allowed electronically and residents may participate in any public hearing items remaining on the March 23 meeting agenda electronically. The restriction to physical access is in accordance with Section Nine of the Iowa Public Health Emergency Declaration signed today by Governor Kim Reynolds.

The public can participate electronically by using the information below:

The meeting has concluded. Watch a recording online.

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To ease crowding and comply with appropriate social distancing guidelines set by the Governor, several public hearings expected to attract significant interest will be continued and rescheduled until the next City Council meeting on April 20. These include:

  • White Willow Events to amend the PlanDSM: Creating Our Tomorrow Future Land Use Map Designation and to rezone properties located at 6011 and 6015 Grand Avenue from “RX1” Mixed Use District to “MX1” Mixed Use District, to allow demolition of the existing buildings and redevelopment with a 2-story, 7,000-square foot building for an assembly and entertainment small use (events center).
  • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers to amend the PlanDSM: Creating Our Tomorrow Future Land Use Map Designation and to rezone properties located at 2705 E. Euclid Avenue from “N3a” Residential District to “RX1” Mixed Use District to allow development of the property for a business/trade school use and offices for youth training.
  • Hope Ministries Center for Women and Children to amend the PlanDSM: Creating Our Tomorrow future land use designation and to rezone 3800 E. Douglas Avenue from “R1-60” One-Family Low-Density Residential to “PUD” Planned Unit Development and to approve the PUD Conceptual Plan to allow the existing church building to be converted to a 50-bed short-term program and 50-bed long-term life support program for homeless women and children, including classroom, office, daycare and similar supporting uses.

The budget hearing will be cancelled and will be rescheduled prior to April 30.

Monday’s Council agenda may be viewed here.

Al Setka
Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office  
(515) 283-4057

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