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Overlay District Ordinance

The MedQuarter’s award-winning Master Development Plan (MDP) provides a roadmap for the future of the medical district and serves as a guide for economic development decisions and physical improvements. One of the policy initiatives identified in the MDP was to create a comprehensive set of MedQuarter Design Standards & Guidelines to be adopted by the City of Cedar Rapids and incorporated into the new MedQuarter Overlay District.

MedQuarter Overlay District Standards and Guidelines apply to new construction, additions to existing buildings and/or the exterior rehabilitation of buildings located within the MedQuarter boundaries. Overlay Districts assure uniform development standards which encourage high quality infill development while also improving the efficiency of development plan approvals which are goals of the Medical SSMID Commission. The City of Cedar Rapids currently has Overlay Districts for three other core areas where redevelopment is occurring and has found them to be beneficial.

Download the  Proposed MedQuarter Overlay District Standards & Guidelines.
Download the  Open House Presentation Boards.