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Posted on: November 27, 2019

Open Houses Scheduled for Marion Municipal Airport Land Use & Height Overlay Zoning

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What is the Marion Municipal Airport Land Use and Height Overlay Zoning?

The Marion Airport was a long-standing, privately run airport when the City of Marion purchased it in 2015. The City has received grants from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) for airport planning and runway reconstruction and, as a requirement of those grants the City has adopted zoning regulations to protect the investment in the airport. Much of the airport protection zoning extends beyond the Marion city limits into unincorporated Linn County, and the City has requested the County adopt similar airport protection zoning. The purpose of the zoning is to regulate the height of structures, objects, and growth of natural vegetation, as well as land uses, within the vicinity of the Marion Municipal Airport and its projected growth. 

When and where will the open houses be held?

Two open houses are scheduled to provide information about the proposed Marion Municipal Airport Land Use & Height Overlay Zoning: 

  • Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 from 4 – 6 p.m. This open house will be held at the Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue in Marion. 
  • Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:15 p.m. This open house will be held in lower level Conference Room 1 of the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids. This open house will be just prior to the Linn County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. The proposed airport protection zoning will then be discussed at the regularly scheduled Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 16 in the Formal Board Room of the Linn County Public Service Center. 

What will I be able to learn at the open houses?

Representatives of the City of Marion, the City’s airport zoning consultant, and Linn County will be present at each open house. Maps will be available and every effort will be made to provide information about the overlay zoning specific to affected properties. 

View the proposed Marion Municipal Airport Land Use and Height Overlay Zoning ordinance (PDF).

Copies of the ordinance are also available for review at the City of Marion Community Development Department, Marion City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue in Marion, or at the Linn County Planning & Development Department, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Who should I contact if I want to find out more?

You may contact Tom Treharne, City of Marion Community Development Director, at 319-743-6320 or by email at ttreharne@cityofmarion.org. You may also contact Les Beck, Linn County Planning & Development Director, at 319-892-5130 or by email at les.beck@linncounty.org. 

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