Subdivision Regulations

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Subdivision of land is regulated by Chapter 175 of the Marion Code of Ordinances.  Subdivision (or land division) regulations provide the procedures and standards for dividing a large parcel of land into smaller parcels for sale and development. Subdivision regulations require a developer to meet certain conditions in order to record a plat.  

Subdivision regulations address the quality of development (the availability of public services, services that the sub divider of the property must provide, the layout of the site, etc.). The way in which lands are divided play a key role in the orderly development of the community.  

Once land is divided into lots and streets are laid out, development patterns are set. Subdivision controlled ordinances often give a community its only opportunity to ensure that new neighborhoods are properly designed. Failure to plan for the subdivision of land is felt in many areas such as tax burdens, the high cost of extending utilities, street and traffic problems, overcrowded schools and a loss of a sense of community.

Disclaimer :

Subdivision and zoning regulations are complex and copies of Ordinances should only be used as a reference or for initial planning.  We recommend contacting the Planning and Development Department to discuss requirements and options regarding a property before making firm plans or decisions.  It may be necessary to schedule an appointment for a pre-application meeting to discuss large or complex projects.

Staff assistance is recommended because there are circumstances where regulations may overlap or take precedents over others (such as “grandfathering”), conditions of rezoning may exist in certain areas, easements need to be identified, or a special district may exist (such as a historic district).

If the zoning classification of a property does not allow a desired use or proposed development, plans will need to be altered or a rezoning request may be submitted. In some situations a zoning variance request may be the way to proceed forward with a project.

Investment decisions based on misinterpretations of the Subdivision / Zoning Code or on the assumption that City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission or the Zoning Board of Adjustment may approve a rezoning or variance request may result in unnecessary expenses and ownership of property no longer desired.

We are located on second floor of City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue; our hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff is available in person, by phone (319) 743-6320, or by email.


 Chapter 175 - Subdivision Regulations
 Section   Section Title
 175.01    General Provisions
 175.02    Definitions
 175.03    Procedures and Submission Requirements for Plats
 175.04    Improvements (2)
 175.05    Parks & Open Space Dedication
 175.06    Standards for Design of Subdivisions (1)
 175.07    Maintenance Bonds
 175.08    Construction Maintenance Self-Insurance Fund 

(1)  Amended Ordinance 14-05 (May 22, 2014)

(2)  Amended Ordinance 14-11 (July 10, 2014)

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