Waukee is geographically located 15 miles west of Des Moines and is part of Dallas County. Waukee was incorporated on December 23, 1878, and is believed to be named after Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Waukee has access to the rest of the Metro via Hickman Road. It has a population of approximately 14,500 and has been the Des Moines area’s fastest growing community over the past several years. In Waukee there are approximately 5,400 households, with an average household size of 2.67, and a median household income of $74,413. The top employers in Waukee include Atlantic Bottling (Coca-Cola), Quad Graphics, Gilcrest Jewett Lumber, Waukee Community School District, and the Waukee Family YMCA.
Recreational opportunities abound in Waukee. The City has nine municipal parks, a 9-hole municipal golf course (Sugar Creek Golf Course), and an enhanced trail network. The largest City Park, Centennial Park, has a disc golf course, softball and baseball fields, sand volleyball courts, two play areas, and a shelter that can be rented for special events. The integrated trail system includes connections to both the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the Clive Greenbelt Trail. The City also hosts and/or participates in several events throughout the year that include Waukee Farmers’ Market (May – September), Jazz in July, National Night Out (August), Waukee Fest (August), and Winterfest (December).
Outside the recreational opportunities currently available in Waukee is a development corridor in the making. Alice’s Road will be Waukee’s signature corridor providing opportunities for new job growth, housing, shopping, entertainment, and recreation. Alice’s Road is perhaps the next major development project in the Des Moines Metro. Alice’s Road is a two-plus mile corridor that intersects with Hickman Road, University Avenue, and Interstate 80. The planned interchange at I-80 will open nearly 1,000 acres of development land, and the master plan for the area will encompass 1,700 acres. The project has been envisioned with higher density and a more urban character. The master plan projects upward of 20,000 – 25,000 new jobs and over 7,700 new households. The Land Use Pattern calls for 545 acres of residential, 239 acres of retail commercial, 407 acres of office/business, 178 acres of open space, and 331 acres of ROW.
The City of Waukee has excellent educational opportunities provided by the Waukee Community School District for K-12 students. The Waukee Community School District has long been the pride of the community and serves the Dallas County portion of Clive, Urbandale, and West Des Moines, along with the majority of residents in the Waukee city limits. The school district serves a population in excess of 37,000, with six elementary schools, two middle schools, a 9th grade only building, and a high school for the more than 7,000 students in those communities. Waukee competes in Class 4-A for extracurricular activities. The Spartan Warriors represent the Waukee Community School District as their mascot.
Building permit fees in Waukee vary based on the projected value of the home or building. The typical range for new single-family building permits can range from $1000 –$ 1,500, depending on the value of the improvement(s). Other fees collected at the time a permit is issued include a $495 gas meter fee, $250 water meter fee, $215 sewer tap fee, $440 water capacity fee, $2,370 sewer capacity fee, and a $65/quarterly erosion inspection fee.
For development purposes city streets require curb and gutter; however, width and thickness depend on the street classification, which can be referenced in the Waukee Standard Specifications manual available on the City’s website. Various areas of Waukee fall within sanitary sewer connection districts that range in a price per acre from $2,000 – $6,000, depending upon the specific district being developed. The City also collects a $40/acre warning siren fee.
Waukee does not offer Tax Abatement or Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on a residential building or development.
For more information on Waukee, please visit www.waukee.org.