The City of Marion has recently completed zoning code updates, which created new residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts. The intent of the recent code update is to clarify the development standards, simplify the development process and increase transparency. This will simplify zoning categories and better align zoning districts with surrounding areas. These new zoning districts will replace all the existing zoning districts that have been in place since the early 1970’s with new standards for uses. The community’s residential district standards did not substantially change, while several new commercial districts were created that will serve a variety of uses based on lot sizes, traffic conditions and general location from the uptown district to properties along Highways 13 and 151.
Because the zoning districts are being renamed, every property in Marion must be “rezoned” into the new districts on the City’s Zoning Map. City staff conducted a series of open house meetings in late 2019 to share information on the proposed changes in addition to gathering public input. Following the open houses, staff reviewed the proposed map based on input received. Staff has begun meeting with individual property owners to discuss specific impacts the proposed map may have on their properties. While a majority of the proposed changes will not affect property owner's use or structures on the property and most find more relief to the zoning bulk standards, there are some properties along the corridor and in small pockets in the community may have both non-conforming uses and non-conforming structures with the proposed zoning map. These properties will be permitted to continue to operate and sell the property for other uses not permitted within the new code, in the future any new additions or redevelopment of the properties will be in conformance with new zoning standards.
Staff anticipate beginning the formal review process in March 2020 at the Planning and Zoning Commission, another open house will be held prior to that meeting. Following a recommendation by the Commission the City Council will begin their review in early Summer 2020. Questions may be directed to the Community Development Department at 319-743-6320 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or you may visit the project website for more information.