Planning & Zoning

Planning and Zoning is responsible for long range planning; regional planning and coordination; development review, analysis, and compliance; and discretionary permit processing.

Functions include the preparation, maintenance, and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, which guides the development of the City by providing long term goals and objectives; review and analysis of development projects to ensure compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, City Code and other development standards and criteria; and providing information to the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The Planning and Zoning staff serve the community in a number of ways by providing information, reviewing and evaluating projects, and assisting the development community in assuring projects are designed and developed in conformance with the City's Comprehensive Plan. The planning staff works closely with other divisions, departments and agencies inside and outside of the City.

Proposed Sign Regulations

The next step in the modernization of the City of Muscatine Zoning Ordinance is the rewriting of the portion that regulates signs.  Attached is the draft of the chapter dealing with sign regulations.  This draft Based on public feedback received during the process to create the Comprehensive Plans, feedback from the Planning and Zoning Commission, and from City Council.  The primary intent of the rewrite of this portion of the zoning ordinance is to make it more user friendly and understandable.  Additionally, these revised regulations will make City of Muscatine sign regulations compliant with the content neutrality requirement that was established recently by the Supreme Court in its ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert. 

Overview of Proposed Changes

Text of Proposed Changes