Neighborhood and Development Services

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Welcome to the Neighborhood and Development Services Department. We work to create community and find solutions that promote healthy neighborhoods and a vibrant business community.

Neighborhood & Development Services Annual Report

The department's annual report provides a broad overview of services, outlines the responsibilities of the department, and highlights annual accomplishments. The Affordable Housing Year-End  can be found within this document.

Please visit the following pages to learn more about how we can assist you.


Development Services

The Development Services staff assists the public through planning and building inspection services. The Division coordinates all long range planning efforts, reviews all development proposals, and conducts related building inspection services. Historic Preservation efforts are also coordinated through the Development Services Division.

Accessory Apartment Standards Update

The City of Iowa City is considering changes to the Zoning Code to increase housing supply, improve housing choice, and encourage housing affordability. As part of this effort, the City is proposing to modify how it regulates accessory apartments, also known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), granny flats, mother-in-law suites, guest houses, or carriage houses. Please visit City's Urban Planning page to learn more


Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC) - Transportation Planning Services

MPOJC is designated by the Governor of the State of Iowa as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Iowa City Urbanized Area. The MPOJC staff can assist with your transportation related questions and needs.


Neighborhood Services

The Neighborhood Services Division is responsible for administration of various housing services, including rehabilitation and housing programs coordinated through the Housing Authority. The Division also provides housing inspection services. Iowa City's federal Community Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME programs are also administered through the Neighborhood Services Division.