Who we are
The Urban Planning office of the Neighborhood and Development Services Department advises the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, the Iowa City Council, and the general public on planning and land development issues. Through its work with developers, residents and other city departments, the division encourages orderly growth, redevelopment where appropriate and preservation of historic properties and environmental resources.
The Urban Planning office can help you find information on zoning and on the comprehensive plan for Iowa City, including the more specific plans for the city's 10 planning districts. You can also get help in applying for subdivision developments, annexations, rezonings, special exceptions, variances and permits for alterations of historic properties.
What we do
Comprehensive and district planning
The Urban Planning office engages in comprehensive and district planning which considers all geographical and functional elements that can affect Iowa City’s development, and anticipates issues and identifies strategies that will create a healthy, safe, and vibrant community.
Development review: zoning and subdivision
The Urban Planning office reviews and makes recommendations for the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission on applications for rezonings, street vacations, annexations, subdivisions and changes in the Iowa City Zoning Code.
The Urban Planning office also assists in identifying and preserving historically significant landmarks and districts in Iowa City.
Staff support to boards and commissions
The Urban Planning office provides staff assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment and the Historic Preservation Commission.