With Waukee straddling one of Greater Des Moines' hottest development corridors in Alice's Road, the City Council has approved the creation of a community and economic development department. The council voted earlier this week to fund the department and plans to have a director in place by August. 

An advisory board will be created to bring residents into the development process. City Administrator Tim Moerman said that one of his goals after taking the job in February was getting residents more involved in the economic planning process.