"Imagine Downtown" Zoning Code Update

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What should Downtown Cedar Falls be like in the future? How should it grow and change? Are there places that should stay the same?

To answer these questions and more, the City Council adopted the Imagine Downtown Vision Plan in the fall of 2019.

The City initiated the visioning and zoning code update process to provide a framework for future growth and development. The goal of the Imagine Downtown Plan is to define that framework—building on the community aspirations, and incorporating several urban design and placemaking principles—within the existing Cedar Falls context; not to prescribe specific building designs. This community vision will also lay the foundation for updating the zoning and other development regulations for Downtown.

-- Executive Summary, Imagine Downtown Vision Plan


These proposed updates to the Downtown development standards are now ready for public review!

  • The Public Review Draft of the zoning update, the proposed Administrative Procedures, and the proposed updates to the Use Categories and Definitions are available for view and download by clicking on the titles in the Document Library.
  • The proposed Regulating Plan, a new zoning map for the area, (image above) is available at a large scale by clicking on the title in the Document Library.
  • The draft Administrative Procedures are available by clicking on the title in the Document Library
  • The Overview Presentation of the proposed code updates can be viewed here: Draft Code Presentation to P&Z

Please review the draft code update and submit comments or questions to planning@cedarfalls.com



What should Downtown Cedar Falls be like in the future? How should it grow and change? Are there places that should stay the same?

To answer these questions and more, the City Council adopted the Imagine Downtown Vision Plan in the fall of 2019.

The City initiated the visioning and zoning code update process to provide a framework for future growth and development. The goal of the Imagine Downtown Plan is to define that framework—building on the community aspirations, and incorporating several urban design and placemaking principles—within the existing Cedar Falls context; not to prescribe specific building designs. This community vision will also lay the foundation for updating the zoning and other development regulations for Downtown.

-- Executive Summary, Imagine Downtown Vision Plan


These proposed updates to the Downtown development standards are now ready for public review!

  • The Public Review Draft of the zoning update, the proposed Administrative Procedures, and the proposed updates to the Use Categories and Definitions are available for view and download by clicking on the titles in the Document Library.
  • The proposed Regulating Plan, a new zoning map for the area, (image above) is available at a large scale by clicking on the title in the Document Library.
  • The draft Administrative Procedures are available by clicking on the title in the Document Library
  • The Overview Presentation of the proposed code updates can be viewed here: Draft Code Presentation to P&Z

Please review the draft code update and submit comments or questions to planning@cedarfalls.com