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City Council briefs

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 08, 2015 5:00 AM

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Council adopts sign resolution

The City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance Tuesday that clarifies where portable signs can be placed in downtown Iowa City.

Approval will allow businesses in the central business zones to place portable signs on public sidewalks in front of their business. The ordinance will provide regulations regarding placement, height, and size.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this zoning code amendment at its Feb. 5 meeting.

City Council approves Ambulance Center property rezoning

The City Council passed 6-0, with Dobyns absent, an ordinance Tuesday rezoning the Johnson County Ambulance Center at 800 S. Dubuque St. from Intensive Commercial to Neighborhood Public.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the change at its Feb. 19 meeting. Approval will allow Johnson County to develop the property.

The county intends to expand the Ambulance Facility, integrate the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s facility into the property, and provide storage for voting equipment.

The council chose to adopt the ordinance and not require a third consideration.

City Council approves Gilbert Street property rezoning

The Iowa City City Council passed, 6-0, with Rick Dobyns absent, an ordinance Tuesday rezoning 3.97 acres of property at 1201 S. Gilbert St. from intensive commercial to Riverfront Crossings.

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the council approve the rezoning by a vote of 6-0 at its Feb. 19 meeting. The rezoning will allow the development of the land in compliance with the Riverfront Crossings master plan.

The council chose to adopt the ordinance and not require a third consideration.

Council adopts housing plans

The City Council voted 6-0, with Dobyns absent, Tuesday to adopt the Iowa City Housing Authority’s five-year and annual plans.

The plans are required for the city to continue to receive federal funding for low-income housing.

The five-year plan describes the Housing Authorities mission, goals and objectives and is based on data collected in Iowa City’s consolidated plan for 2016-20. The Annual plan serves as the annual application for federal grants to support improvements to public housing buildings.

The City Council also proclaimed April to be Fair Housing Month in Iowa City.

— by Bill Cooney


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