Community Development


The Johnston Community Development Department is responsible for a wide range of services, including but not limited to:

  • Development and implementation of various long-range plans
  • Development and implementation of the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances
  • Provide staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment and City Council
  • Reviewing development proposals for new construction
  • Building permitting and inspections
  • Code enforcement
  • Economic Development

Who to Contact

If you have a construction project or development in Johnston, Community Development Director David Wilwerding oversees an expert staff that will see that your project moves through the process with ease. "The city strives to ensure all regulations are competitive and all review times are streamlined to ensure the development review process is completed in an efficient and timely manner. Staff stands ready and willing to work with developers on engineering solutions to assist in reducing the time and costs involved in developing a project," said Wilwerding.

To assist property owners, engineers and developers, the City has developed on online tool that provides easy searching of the Zoning Ordinance, an online interactive Zoning Map, includes helpful calculators to help you determine the required amount of parking, buffers landscaping and other useful tools and also allows applicants to upload their new development applications. Please click here to access these powerful tools.

The Community Development Department works hand in hand with the Building Department to ensure appropriate standards and permits are followed. Please check out this new video that explains what you can do if a new redevelopment is going in near your property.

Any persons seeking additional information on any planning and zoning related items should contact the Community Development Department.