Community Development

Updating the Zoning Code  - Draft Review Period


Public Review  
The Public Review Draft is now available. The public comment period will run until August 3, 2018. 


Previous Open House Material 
June 20, 2018:

October 17, 2017 open house "issues" boards:

May 2, 2017 open house "issues" boards:

June 29, 2016:

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

ReZone Cedar Rapids Steering Committee The City Council appointed a Steering Committee that consists of a group of stakeholders representing a variety of interests to provide input and recommendations throughout the ReZone Cedar Rapids process. The group includes planners, environmentalists, developers, preservationists, architects, and others.

 Additional Documents and Reports:


What is Zoning?

Zoning is the main tool to implement the Future Land Use Map of the City's comprehensive plan. Zonding 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.

Zoning 101 Video


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
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