All month long we are celebrating the lasting value that thoughtful and innovative planning has for the City of Waukee. Get to know the planners in Waukee, learn about the local planning initiatives underway and maybe even attend your first planning-related meeting. Planning & Zoning Commission meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays or each month at 6 p.m. at Waukee City Hall. See what development projects are going on in the City today.
Meet the Waukee City Planners:
Brad Deets, Development Services Director
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Community and Regional Planning (2001), Master of Business Administration (2005); both from Iowa State University (Go Cyclones!)
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa
Hired in: 2006
Family: Wife Amber; Kids Max (13), Hannah (11) and Sawyer (5); Dog Gemma (Dachshund)
What Brad likes about being a planner in Waukee: It is very gratifying to be involved with the initial stages of a project and see it through to completion, and then see how it impacts people on a daily basis. Waukee is such a wonderful community with so many opportunities for growth and expansion, and really is a dream community for a City Planner. With good planning and strategic decision-making, Waukee has the potential to become a premier community within the State of Iowa.
Andy Kass, Senior Planner
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (2009), Master's Degree in Urban & Regional Planning (2011); both from the University of Iowa
Hometown: LeMars, Iowa
Hired in: 2013
Family: Wife Katie and a slobbery bloodhound named Emmylou
What Andy likes about being a planner in Waukee: There is so much of Waukee that is like a blank canvas, and that gives us the opportunity to really shape what the community is going to look and feel like 30 years from now.
Melissa DeBoer, City Planner II
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Community and Regional Planning (2008) from Iowa State University; Master's Degree in Urban Planning (2015) from University of Kansas
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
Hired in: 2015
Family: Husband Jared; Kids Sophia (4) and Jack (1); Dog Belle (Shih Tzu)
What Melissa likes about being a planner in Waukee: I love being a planner in Waukee because there is always constant growth and change.
Learn more about National Community Planning Month at www.planning.org/ncpm.