Cedar Falls, IA

Cedar Falls, Iowa is a small city that has an active downtown with significant recent residential development. In 2019, the local government initiated a visioning and rezoning effort to update its 30-year zoning code. The result was a new law that codified the historic building standards of the town’s downtown and surrounding areas through right-sized height, bulk, setback, and parking regulations. Rightsizing minimum parking requirements became the most controversial but ultimately significant element of the rezoning. In addition to form-based dimensional changes, the plan reduced parking minimums to 0.75 spaces per bedroom in the downtown core.
  • Zoning Code
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. “New downtown zoning code adopted in Cedar Falls after months of contentious debate.” (November 2, 2021)
Right-sized building and site plan regulations from the Cedar Falls codes.