Plans & Studies

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saferouteto schoolSafe Routes to School Plan
The Marion Independent School District and the City of Marion have coordinated efforts to create a blue print that summarizes community input, education, and MISD administrative staff experience, along with the latest techniques and strategies to support safe travel to and from school for students and staff. The plan is designed to layout policy and infrastructure improvements that can be made in the short and long term best interest of the students and the district as a whole.

13 & 151 Development - Design Guidelines 
The purpose of these Aesthetic Guidelines are to ensure that the project aesthetic goals are fulfilled through the use of cohesive design elements for the Squaw Creek Crossing Development located at the northeast corner of Highway 13 and Highway 151.

Housing Market Analysis
The City of Marion commissioned this housing market analysis, a comprehensive housing study and needs analysis to help decision makers, stakeholders and community members develop a meaningful understanding of the housing market in the City of Marion, as well as an understanding of key housing issues.

Marion Master Trails Plan
Marion has updated the previously adopted 2005 Trails Plan that was in need of updating due to new design concepts for infrastructure, the map of trails and bikeways being outdated, and the necessity for identifying and prioritizing  areas around the City for for newly proposed bikeways and trails.  This Marion Master Trails Plan, adopted 2014, will provide an outline for future trails and on-street bikeways with an emphasis on connectivity to community destinations and enhancement of the regional trail network. The Plan focuses on existing conditions, best practices for design, a recommended trail network, plan implementation, and performance measures.

Connections 2040

Connections 2040 is the shortened name for the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Long Range Transportation Plan is the federally required long-range (20+year) strategy and capital improvement program developed to guide the effective investment of public funds in multi modal transportation facilities for the metropolitan planning organization area. The plan must be updated every five years. The Plan provides the context from which the region's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a short-range capital improvement program for implementing highway, transit, and bikeway projects, is drawn.

Annexation Agreement Marion / Cedar Rapids

This annexation agreement for land located in Linn County north of E. Robins Road between C Avenue and Albernet Road. and was approved by both jurisdictions in 2013.

ImaginART:  A Public Art Plan for the City of Marion
Identifies key opportunities for both near-term and long term public art projects.  These projects include temporary and permanent public artworks associated with streetscape improvements in Uptown, The Central Corridor and Western Corridor, new commissions for major civic facilities such as the Marion Public Library expansion, major parks such as City Square Park, Lowe Park and Thomas Park as well as major gateways.


lowe park July flowersLowe Park Master Plan Update
Lowe Park is a unique destination that welcomes and captivates individuals, families and the community in a sustainable way focused on the health of people, place and community.  The Master Plan was updated to provide for recommended priorities for continued park development.



Marion Enterprise Center - Planned Development Ordinances & Design Guidelines

The Marion Enterprise Center (MEC) is an integrated office industrial park intended to accommodate the relocation of industrial properties with the City of Marion's Central Corridor as well as attract new office and industrial development to the City of Marion. The MEC Planned Development Ordinance has been developed to ensure standards are in place which creates an aesthetically significant development encouraging low impact and conservation design. Ultimately, the MEC Planned Development Ordinance will provide guidance to all development in the Business Park.

Marion Comprehensive Plan

 The Comprehensive Plan is a document that all cities use to determine community goals and aspirations in terms of community development.  The Comprehensive Plan is the City's official policy guide for physical improvements and development.  The Plan considers not only the current needs and issues within the community, but also presents a plan for guiding new improvements and developments for the next 15 to 20 years.  The Plan establishes the ground rules for private improvements and development and provides the framework by which the City can review and evaluate private development proposals.  In addition to private improvements the Plan presents a number of public improvements that can help to ensure that local dollars are spent effectively.

Comprehensive plans typically include a large geographic area well beyond the communities existing municipal boundaries. The recently adopted Comprehensive Plan for the city of Marion extends approximately two miles from our current municipal boundaries.

The Marion Comprehensive Plan includes previous work completed with the Neighborhood at Indian Creek Design Guidelines Manual,  initial concepts presented in the 29th Avenue North Sub-area Plan and the Central Corridor Master Plan.

For more information and to view the Comprehensive Plan section by section, please visit our Comprehensive Plan webpage.  

The Neighborhood at Indian Creek Design Guidelines Manual
The Neighborhood at Indian Creek is a vision of mixed use development with Midwestern architectural character and a neighborhood feel developed through neo-traditional planning.  A primary feature of the Neighborhood is its walk-ability... the pedestrian takes precedence. This Plan, originally adopted in 2009, underwent a revamp which focused on development trends, external development pressures (new Linn-Mar School, Prospect Meadows, and the Squaw Creek Crossing development), community interests, and changing property ownership while considering future land uses and zoning regulations. 

Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan
The Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan (TTRCMP) is intended to bring together several years of planning efforts from multiple jurisdictions into a single concise document for use by the Corridor MPO and affected member entities in the future development of the Tower Terrace Road corridor.  Tower Terrace Road will begin west of Interstate 380 near Hiawatha and continue west through Robins, Cedar Rapids and Marion ending at Highway 13 east of Marion.  The Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan refines the alignment and road access initially designed as part of the 29th Avenue North Sub Area Plan.

29th Avenue North Sub Area Plan

The 29th Avenue North Sub-area Plan was prepared as an appendix to the City of Marion Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 1998.  The purpose of this Plan is to further refine recommendations for the arrangement of land use, compatible zoning, private development design criteria, transportation systems, school development, parks and open spaces.

Initial realignment of Tower Terrace Road (formerly 35th Avenue) from its current east / west alignment was approved that "moved" the road north to an alignment that now creates an access point onto Highway 13 between 29th Avenue and Echo Hill Road (future Artesian Road).

Concepts of the 29th Avenue North Sub Area Plan were then incorporated into the Marion Comprehensive Plan (adopted 2010), Tower Terrace Road Corridor Management Plan (adopted2010) and the creation of the Neighborhood at Indian Creek Design Guidelines Manual (Adopted 2010)


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