Thrive 2040

Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Johnston is beginning the process to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Johnston Thrive 2040 Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a long range plan that will help define and guide the future of our community. The City last prepared a comprehensive plan in 2010, known as the Johnston 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Not sure what a Comprehensive Plan is, learn more here (PDF).

For questions about the process or if you wish to share an idea related to the plan, please contact David Wilwerding, Community Development Director, at 515.727.7778 or email at
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The first step in the Thrive 2040 Comprehensive Plan process was to complete an assessment of where the City is at in 2019 and what has changed since the Johnston 2030 Plan was adopted in 2010.  To that end, the Thrive 2040 Report Card has been prepared and provides a quick overview of various trends, statistics, and changes occurring in our community.  This report card shares local measurements in eight topic areas about what makes the City of Johnston, its residents, and its businesses thrive. Information here will prompt questions and discussions to create a more thriving Johnston now and through 2040.  The Thrive 2040 Report Card is available here (PDF)

Click the image to provide input on the plan.

Thrive Engagement

Public Participation

A crucial part of the Comprehensive Planning process is engaging the community in a dialogue about the future and enabling the community to weigh in on future directions. 

We have established an online engagement platform that will enable you to offer some thoughts on the City at the comfort of your home, office, coffee shop, or other location. Please visit,, where you can participate in one, two, or all three easy steps, Share Your Thoughts, Show Us What Thrives and Tell Use more.  Doing so will allow you to share your thoughts on what is unique and exciting, areas of concern, impactful changes, and where you see Johnston in 20-years.  You can also share your feedback using a mapping tool, including the ability to upload photos of your favorite areas of Johnston, and finally, you can complete a short survey (can be completed in approximately 10 minutes).

All of the feedback will be compiled and used to provide direction on the development of the Thrive 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The goal of this process is to ensure this plan represents the thoughts and desires of all citizens and to do that, we need to hear from you!

Later this summer, we will be posting results of this engagement process and launching additional interactive tools to seek your input. Please check back to this page for future updates regarding upcoming public meetings and other opportunities to provide feedback, as the Comprehensive Plan process moves forward.

Are you part of a church, school, community organization, or neighborhood group that would like to learn more about the Thrive 2040 Plan?  If so, please contact city staff at the contact information provided above, so we can schedule a time to meet with you.

To learn more about how the City has implemented past plans, please watch these short videos:
Video 1:
Limestone features throughout the community
Video 2: Connectivity of the NW Beaver Drive trail
Video 3: Watershed assessment and stormwater plan within the community
Video 3: Development of the Johnston Town Center

What’s New

From time to time we will be posting information on this web site as various elements of the comprehensive plan are completed in draft form. We will be announcing the availability of materials through the City’s Facebook page, newsletters, and other various city communication channels.

Please check back frequently for further information. The web site will be updated on a monthly basis as we progress through the process.

The project is anticipated to be completed by Summer of 2020.