Miscellaneous Applications

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The following Instructions and Applications must be completed in full and submitted to the Marion Planning & Development Department for process.  If you should have any questions or need assistance in completing the applications please feel free to contact the Marion Planning & Development Department at 319-743-6320 or by email.

Requests for annexation may be received at anytime by the Planning and Development Department.  Additional information can be requested by staff to complete the application.  The State of Iowa established the procedure that the City and the applicant must follow to process and application request.  Please be advised that the annexation process can take some time to gain State approval following the Marion City Council's support of the request.

Boards, Commissions & Committees:

The City of Marion is always seeking Marion residents to volunteer for the numerous boards and commissions.   Applications may be submitted to the City Manager's office to be forwarded to the Mayor for review.

Conditional Use:
Request for a conditional use must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month for the following month's Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

Drainage (Fence) Hold Harmless
Property lines need to be located when installing a fence as well as identifying any easements on the property.  The city requires that a Drainage (Fence) Hold Harmless Agreement Application is filled out and returned to the City if the fence will be installed within a city easement such as drainage or sewer easements.  The Planning and Development, Engineering and Public Service departments review the application along with an aerial image of the property, provided by the City.  Submission of an agreement application does not mean the installation of a fence in an easement will be approved by the City.  Due to topography and varying drainage areas, each agreement application is reviewed as a unique situation. 

When work needs to be preformed within easements, workers have the right to remove and not replace anything located in that easement, i.e.: fences, landscaping, sheds, play structures, et cetera. 

Honey Bees:
Requests for honey bees may be received at anytime by the Planning and Development Department, at this time there is no fee for the permit; however, there are fees associated with obtaining a Conditional Use. Approval of a Conditional Use is required for before a Honey Bee Permit will be issued. Please review Section 176.49-12, Urban Agriculture - Honey Bees of the Marion City Code before submitting your applications.

Rezoning procedures have been established by the Zoning Regulations to assist Staff,  Planning Commission and the City Council to review and determine the merits of each rezoning application. The rezoning process generally takes from three and a half to six months from the date an application is received to the third and final reading by the City Council. Planning Commission and City Council recesses and continuances may lengthen the rezoning process.  Request to rezone property must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month for the following months Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.

Street & Alley right-of-way Vacation: 

The City can vacate and sell city owned streets and alleys when they are no longer required for public access.  The street/alley must first be vacated which turns it from public right-of-way to a city property that can then be sold.  Streets and alleys may only be sold to the adjacent property owners.  If you seek to vacate and purchase an alley the application to vacate must be signed by all adjacent property owners.  The City can not process alley/street vacations until all property owners are part of the request.  Requests for an alley/street vacation must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month for the following month's Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting.

The purchase price of the former right of way is a calculation of 35% of the average assessed land values of the adjacent properties.

Urban Chickens & Ducks:
Requests for urban chickens or ducks may be received at anytime by the Planning and Development Department, at this time there is no fee for the permit.  Please make sure you have copy of your Chicken Training Workshop Certificate attached to your application along with a site plan showing the distances between existing/proposed structures and property lines. To view Chapter 55A, Urban Chickens and Ducks please refer to the Marion City Code.

If you are planning to sell any of your chickens/ducks and/or any eggs you may be subject to Chapter 176.30, Home Occupations of the Marion Code of Ordinances.  Please contact the Planning and Development Department for more information regarding home occupations.  

Urban Farm:
Urban Farm applications may be submitted at anytime to the Planning and Development Department. At this time there is no fee for an Urban Farm Permit; however, there are fees associated with obtaining a Conditional Use, Building Permit, and/or an Electrical Permit. Make sure the application is complete and all necessary documents are submitted with the application. Review Chapter 176.49, Urban Agriculture before submitting your application.

If you wish to keep chickens or ducks, a separate application will need to be filed with the Planning and Development Department. 

A variance is a process by which the applicant can seek relief from the regulations of Chapter 176 (Zoning Regulations).  Typical variance request include relief from a required setback from a property line or adjacent structure.  Request for variances must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the last week day of the month.


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