The character and future of Iowa City is set by the imagination, vision and commitment of the people who live and work here. The Urban Planning office engages the general public in comprehensive and district planning.

The Comprehensive Plan is often referred to as a roadmap for directing growth and change over time. It describes a broad vision for the kind of community Iowa City should be and the steps necessary to get there. The Comprehensive Plan guides decisions on planning and development issues as they arise and evolves as amendments are made.

The City of Iowa City adopted an updated Comprehensive Plan in May 2013. The new plan, Iowa City 2030, sets a foundation for moving our community forward on a path to sustainability. A sustainability assessment completed in the summer of 2013 provides baseline data that may be used to set measurable targets and goals in areas such as energy and water conservation, resource management and community wellness.

The district planning process involves extensive citizen participation focusing on ten distinct areas of the community. Detailed plans have been developed for eight of the ten planning districts. These plans address the unique issues and opportunities in each district. Once adopted by the City Council, the district plans become part of the Iowa City's Comprehensive Plan. The most recently adopted plan is the Downtown and Riverfront Crossings Master Plan.

The following district plans have been completed:

Central District plan
Downtown and Riverfront Crossings Master Plan
North District plan
Northeast District plan
South Central District plan
South District plan
Southeast District plan
Southwest District plan

The Urban Planning office will be consulting with citizens on the following districts in the future:

Northwest District plan

North Corridor plan

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