Going Beyond “It’ll Do” Development
Every day, cities have the opportunity to make choices regarding new development in their community. Quality development and investments in infrastructure can strengthen the economic and social fabric of a city by building neighborhoods that are rich in identity, and commercial areas that are attractive, sustainable, and focus on building community wealth.
Cedar Rapids is pursuing new changes to its current zoning code – changes that will challenge and inspire new development to rise above the norm and help the City become more competitive in attracting and retaining new residents and businesses.
Residents, elected officials, and local developers are invited to a special community event hosted by the City of Cedar Rapids and the Iowa Chapter of the Urban Land Institute to hear how other communities have fought back the “It’ll Do” mindset and established higher standards for development that took their communities to the next level.
Special speaker includes Tom Murphy, ULI Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development; former mayor of Pittsburgh. Murphy will highlight the many impacts a robust zoning code has on the local economy, transportation, land use, property values, and community health. He will also speak toward the challenge of balancing quality development while meeting the needs of local developers. All are welcome to attend.
About Cedar Rapids Zoning Code
The City is in the process of updating its zoning code to more closely align and support the 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.