Community Development

Responsibilities


The Community Development Department is responsible for a variety of planning and environmental functions that include administering the following items:
  • Airport Operations
  • Annexation reviews
  • Building codes
  • Building / zoning inspections
  • Capital Improvements Program
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Health Department
  • Housing inspections
  • Nuisance abatement
  • Subdivisions
  • Zoning changes
  • Zoning ordinances

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

Proposed Home Occupation Regulations

The next step in the modernization of the City of Muscatine Zoning Ordinance is the rewriting of the portion that regulates home occupations.  In the current Zoning Ordinance home occupations are regulated through the definition of home occupations that is contained in the definition section.  It is necessary to rewrite this portion of City Code for three major reasons.  Putting regulations within the definition section is bad practice, it makes them difficult for users to locate.  The current regulations prohibit many activities related home occupations which would be good for the economic development of the community, yet would not negatively impact nearby residents.  The current regulations allow for certain activities related to home occupations that have proven to be irritating to nearby residents, generating numerous complaints to the City.  Using an approach that has proven to be successful in other communities the proposed new home occupation regulations shifts to performance based standards

Overview of Proposed Changes

Text of Proposed Changes

2017 HOUSING MARKET DEMAND STUDY

The impetus for a Muscatine housing study stems from existing market forces and their effect on current residents, potential new residents, and growth. A housing study for Muscatine serves several purposes including leveraging incentives, identifying housing gaps today and tomorrow, building on economic strengths, accommodating for all ages, and as a guidance to decision makers. This housing study is a resource for many people and organizations including city staff, regional builders and developers, local employers, and economic development organizations.

MUSCATINE HOUSING MARKET DEMAND STUDY

MUSCATINE HOUSING MARKET DEMAND STUDY