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Community Development
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids IA, 52401

Phone: 319-286-5041

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Rezone Cedar Rapids Project Aims to Update Zoning Code

What is Zoning?

Zoning provides the rules for how land can be used and developed. It outlines what structures can be built and where, how they will be used, and influences how they'll look.

Curious what your property is zoned? Check out the City Assessor Parcel Viewer.

Updating our Zoning Code
The zoning code will be updated to include regulations designed to accomplish the goals and vision for Cedar Rapids established in EnvisionCR, the City's comprehensive plan.

Cedar Rapids currently uses a traditional zoning code, which encourages the separation of various land uses such as residential, commercial, and industrial. Moving forward, the City is exploring transitioning parts of the community to what is called a "form-based zoning code," which addresses the relationship between buildings and the street. Supporting the unique characteristics of a neighborhood is a key pillar of a form-based code, which focuses on several elements of public space:

  • Form and size of buildings
  • Space between the street and front of buildings
  • Attractiveness of a neighborhood
  • Street networks and access
  • Room for cars, bicyclists, pedestrians

Public Input
The public is encouraged to provide feedback and help identify areas of town that should be preserved as they are today, where design could be enhanced and replicated, and where there are opportunities to totally transform an area.

Opportunity for additional public feedback will be available throughout the year as the City moves to adopt a new zoning code by late 2017 or early 2018. The next open house will be scheduled for February or March, 2017. 

Opportunity for additional public feedback will be available throughout the year. The next open house will be scheduled for April, 2017.

June 29 Public Open House Materials:

Visual Preference Survey Results:
The survey results outline which images ranked the highest (top 5) and lowest (bottom 5) . 

Additional Documents and Reports:


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