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Zoning Ordinance
The Zoning Ordinance regulates the development of land within the City of Rock Island. The Ordinance identifies the specific regulations for each zoning district identified in the City. Types of land development regulations in the Zoning Ordinance include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Permitted land use
  • Minimum lot sizes and building setback requirements
  • Height limitations
  • Supplementary regulations such as required parking for various uses

Zoning Variance
If a person desires to differ or vary from how structures must be situated on a parcel of land (such as the required building setback or height) they need to submit an application to the Board of Zoning Appeals to request a variance. The Board of Zoning Appeals is regulated by State law and has been appointed by the City Council to consider these type of requests through a public hearing process.

A zoning variance application has a filing fee that covers the cost of a required newspaper public hearing notice and mail notices to neighbors. At a public hearing (normally the second Wednesday of every month) the applicant states their request and answers any questions from Board members. Since it is a public hearing, neighbors and other individuals can comment about a variance request to the Board. At the end of the public hearing the Board takes a vote on whether to approve or deny the variance request. The Board of Zoning Appeals makes the final decision on variance requests. Any appeal of its decision is through the Circuit Court system.

The Planning and Redevelopment Division administer zoning variance applications.