Iowa City Council’s consideration of a rezoning application for 12 Court St in the Riverfront Crossings District has sparked a kerfuffle about high-rise buildings and the future of development in Iowa City. The debate generally centers on building heights. Whether one supports high-rise buildings — that is, any building over nine stories — is typically framed as an aesthetic preference. […]
The Core 4 of the Iowa City Council have indicated a potentially major shift for the future of development in Riverfront Crossings. There are processes and regulations in place to guide P&Z and the council when considering height bonuses. These are, and should be, totally separate from the rezoning process. While it was appropriate for the council to communicate concerns about height to the developer at this stage, there was no reason to not move forward with the rezoning.
The Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the fate of three 19th century cottages today at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The commission will review an application, submitted by Hodge Construction, that seeks to rezone the 600 block of South Dubuque Street from a commercial land zone to a mixed-use building zone. The […]