Thrive 2040

Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Johnston is updating its Comprehensive Plan, the 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 comprehensive plan in 2010, known as the Johnston 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Not sure what a Comprehensive Plan is, learn more here (PDF).

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)
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Public Input and Participation Opportunities 

The past year, a series of community engagement events were held in conjunction with two online surveys, and an online mapping tool, which gathered general public input into issues and opportunities the comprehensive plan update could address. Over 400 people provided input via on-line surveys and interactive maps, conversations at community events (like Kites on the Green and community picnics), and focus group conversations with various stakeholder groups. A summary of that input can be found here (PDF). Upon review, please provide feedback so that we can continue to progress the plan to a final form by the end of 2020.

Draft Input and Participation Opportunities

The draft Thrive 2040 Plan is now available for review and is available to download in its entirety here. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, City staff is offering socially distant alternatives for residents to review, provide input, and discuss the draft Thrive 2040 Plan.
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Watch a series of short videos highlighting each chapter within the comprehensive plan, download the draft plan and maps, and provide your input by completing a short survey. 
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If you would like to discuss the Thrive 2040 Plan with a City Staff member, in-person discussions are available August 10 through August 21, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Copies of the plan and display boards will be available to review during the discussion. To schedule an appointment, please email or call 515-727-7778.
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

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 website will be updated on a monthly basis as we progress through the process.