Happy Halloween 2019!

You can find more information about Halloween activities and other interesting news in our newsletter found under the documents tab; October 2019

Comprehensive Plan Update Public Survey

The public input survey for the Vision Van Meter 2040 Comprehensive Plan update project is now live. Please use this link to participate and provide us with your your valuable input.


Board and Commission Vacancies

The City of Van Meter has numerous boards and commissions that enable residents to serve in a capacity to assist the City Council with the government of the City. Some of these boards and commissions serve as advisory committees to staff and the Council while others serve as the administrative entities for their respective departments. Please use this application to apply to any board or commission that aligns with your interests. City Hall can be contacted for additional information or you are welcome to review the statutes for these boards and commissions contained within the City Code of Ordinances found under our documents tab on the City’s website.


Dallas County Housing Trust Fund

The Dallas County Local Housing Trust Fund (DCLHTF) mission is to “provide and expand safe and affordable housing to low income residents of Dallas County.” The Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program administered by the DCLHTF assists homeowners within Dallas County with housing repairs and correcting code violation. Eligible repairs include basic structural repairs, building systems (electrical, plumbing, heating), weatherization and handicap accessibility.

View general information about the DCLHTF and rehabilitation program (PDF), and download the application (PDF). For more information, contact the Program Administrator at 515-273-0770.

Van Meter Community Visioning Seeks Focus Group Volunteers

Van Meter kicks off 2019 community visioning program

Van Meter Steering Committee – vanmetercommunityvisioning@outlook.com
Aaron Brewer, Trees Forever, 319-373-0650

Van Meter is participating in the 2019 Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. Community Visioning is a transportation enhancement planning process that serves Iowa communities under 10,000 in population.

The program helps community volunteers envision aesthetic and ecological improvements along roadsides and related landscapes by blending environmental stewardship with community improvement projects. Van Meter is one of ten communities selected to participate in this award-winning program.

At its initial meetings, the Van Meter visioning committee learned public involvement techniques that they will use in the visioning process to assess local resources and identify community needs. The information gathered will be used to develop a transportation concept plan.

The next step in the process will be a focus group workshop on March 2, 2019, from 9-12:30 at the Van Meter School, 520 First Avenue, Van Meter. Residents will be invited to share their ideas about transportation needs and opportunities in Van Meter in a small group setting. For further information about participating in a focus group or the overall visioning process, please contact the steering committee at vanmetercommunityvisioning@outlook.com or Aaron Brewer, Trees Forever field coordinator, at 319-373-0650.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based nonprofit organization with a mission to plant trees and care for the environment.

Van Meter Visioning Committee Seeks Residents’ Input

Steering Committee – vanmetersteeringcommittee@outlook.com, AARON BREWER, Trees Forever, (319)373-0650, ext 114

VAN METER, IA (1/3/19) – Van Meter has been chosen to participate in this year’s Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. Iowa State University is conducting a survey to learn residents’ opinions on how to improve the Van Meter’s landscape through transportation enhancements. The goal of the project is to develop a landscape plan that will graphically illustrate the vision of the community. Input from residents is an important part of this process and ideas about community design and enhancement are valuable to Van Meter visioning committee.
Survey packets were mailed to randomly selected residents in Van Meter in December. If you received a packet, it’s not too late to complete the questionnaire and mail it back using the enclosed postage-paid envelope. Additional packets will be mailed to those who have not already responded this week.

In addition to the survey, the Van Meter visioning committee will be meeting regularly to discuss transportation enhancement plans for Van Meter. The committee will also host a design workshop this summer. These meetings are open to all residents.

To learn more about participating in the visioning process, please contact the steering committee at vanmetersteeringcommittee@outlook.com or Aaron Brewer, Trees Forever field coordinator, at (319)373-0650, ext 114.

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Extension Landscape Architecture and Trees Forever.

Van Meter Youth Soccer Spring Registration

VM Youth Soccer Spring registration is now OPEN! This includes students who are 4 to 16 years old (U6-U16 aged teams). This is the same site we used in the Fall. If you had a participant, please use the same login information.

Please contact jay.olson@vmbulldogs.com if you have a financial hardship and cannot afford the fees.

For all ages: Parents will be contacted in early March once teams are separated and determine coaches. From the website, you will see two different registration buttons to click on. One is for registering players and the other is for coaches who wish to volunteer, which we hope you consider. The first weekend of games is currently set for April 6/7.

If your child played U8 – U14 in the Fall and their uniform still fits, please select “Does not Need” in the uniform pull down menu. If they did not play, they will need to order a uniform kit (2 jerseys, shorts, socks) for the upcoming season. Other items and pricing can be located at https://www.challengerteamwear.com/…/vanmeterteamstore/index

Deadline for registration is January 11th.

Registration link:

Van Meter Selected as 2018-2019 Visioning Community

The City of Van Meter has been selected as a Visioning Community for the 2018-2019 cohort through the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. Here is a brief overview of what the program seeks to accomplish. Be sure to follow along with out progress at our community page.

The Community Visioning Program integrates landscape planning and design with sustainable action to empower community leaders and volunteers in making sound, meaningful decisions about the local landscape. Anchored by a committee of local residents, communities work closely with technical experts from Trees Forever, a private-sector landscape architect, and the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture to create a transportation enhancement plan reflecting the values and identity of the community. Throughout the process, the committee identifies and investigates the physical and cultural dimensions of landscape issues, sets goals for change, and develops implementation strategies for meeting community goals. Successful completion of the visioning process results in a transportation enhancement plan and implementation strategies that empower communities to build meaningful townscapes, step by step, as resources become available.



Service Line Coverage from SLWA

The exterior water and sewer service lines that run from the utility main to your home is your responsibility as the homeowner. If you were unfortunate enough to suffer a break or burst in one of those lines, you would be responsible for the repair.

Repairs can cost thousands of dollars. The City recently partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to help eligible homeowners be prepared and to have the best possible service in the case of such an emergency. This optional coverage provides protection for service line repairs with as many service calls as you need up to $8,500 per call and no deductible. You will also have access to a 24/7, 365-day-a-year emergency repair service hotline.

If you would like to sign up for this plan, simply call toll-free 1-844-257-8795 or for fastest processing visit www.slwofa.com.


Tax Abatement Available

On April 20, 2017 the Van Meter City Council adopted Resolution 2017-20 which approved and adopted an Urban Revitalization Plan. At the same meeting the City Council adopted Ordinance 257 which designated all real property contained within the incorporated limits of the City of Van Meter, as of April 1, 2017, to be within the City’s Urban Revitalization Area.

The Plan establishes property tax exemptions (tax abatement) for new value added across all property classifications as a result of renovations, additions, or new construction. The abatement is offered according to the following schedules:

For commercial and industrial property the abatement applies for 3 years at 100%.

For residential property (single or multi-family) the abatement applies for 5 years as follows: Year 1 – 100%, Year 2 – 100%, Year 3 – 100%, Year 4 – 75%, Year 5 – 50%.

It is important to note and understand:

1) Improvements must increase the actual value of the property by at least 15%.

2) The abatement is not automatic. It must be applied for and granted by BOTH the City Council AND the Dallas County Assessor’s Office. However, only one application is necessary. After approval, the City will forward the application to the County Assessor.

3) An application must be submitted to City Hall prior to February 1 of the assessment year for which the abatement is first claimed.

4) Valuation cannot be removed from the County’s assessment of a property AND property taxes must always be paid against the existing assessed value of a property. So get your application filed early when starting a project.

You can access the full text of the Urban Revitalization Plan here along with the application here.

Urban Revitalization Plan

Tax Abatement Application

If you have questions please call City Hall at (515) 996-2644.