IC Planning and Zoning to discuss three issues at Thursday meeting


The Iowa City Planning and Zoning commission have three issues to discuss at their meeting Thursday that involve new downtown development, an indoor dog park, and a potential new commercial park on the south side.

The Press-Citizen reports that the Commission will be looking at a design review for two 15-story buildings to be located at 12 East Court Street. The site is part of the Riverfront Crossings South Downtown district, and although the commission doesn’t normally do design review, the developer’s request to award an additional 7 floors to the project necessitates review of certain features for public benefit.

The commission has requested that the developer remove a proposed skyway, open up Capital Street, remove plans for balconies, and require City Council approval on major changes to already reviewed design plans, among other stipulations.

The Commission will also discuss rezoning of over 65 acres of undeveloped land north of the Regency Mobile Home Park. A developer is asking that the southern half be rezoned to County Commercial, a request city staff is recommending that planning and zoning deny.

Lastly, a proposed 22,000 square foot dog recreation center in the 2500 block of North Dodge Street is to be reviewed. Currently animal-related commercial establishments are not allowed at that location.

The developer, Phil O’Brien, wants to build a restaurant, retail space, office and meeting space, a pool, an on-leash dog walking track and off-leash activity space. City staff is recommending that Planning and Zoning make the appropriate changes to allow the project to go forward.

The Commission will meet at 7pm in City Hall Thursday.