The Land Use Plan organizes campus property into functional uses that inform and guide the institution on future development decisions and projects. A parcel may include various building types and/or functions; the land use is governed by its predominant utilization. For Instance, a parcel may be identified as residential; however, parking may also exist in this precinct.

The Land Use Plan not only guides the Institution on how existing land should best be used, it also identifies strategic assets and shared land use that are instrumental in advancing the University mission.

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify areas adjacent to and near the University campus for potential land acquisitions for long term growth.

  • Acquire specific properties on Clinton Street between Jefferson Street and Church Street for future UI growth.

  • Identify areas of undeveloped University land, including the Oakdale campus, that have more long-term benefit to the University. When possible, acquire lands being sold or leased to 3rd parties for housing or commercial development.

  • Lease all remaining shovel-ready lots at the UI Research Park to private 3rd parties for new office building development.

  • Identify areas in and around UI Research Park for innovative housing opportunities for people working at the Research Park; and work with 3rd party developers on housing opportunities.

  • Work with Iowa City and the Iowa City Downtown District on enhanced integrated way-finding signage and gateway features on University property and the City right of ways.

  • Acquire right of way easements with private landowners on the east side of Iowa River to complete the north/south sidewalk trail from the Hancher footbridge to Park Road.

  • Work with local landowners and developers to identify areas of public and private investment along main gateways into the University campus to better enhance the overall campus setting.

  • Prioritize land use that promotes highest and best use by high priority programs. Support and service programs should be located at perimeters or, off campus when possible.
Old Capitol from the IMU in the Fall
Construction Workers Installing Pharmacy Sculpture
Aerial View of Near West Campus
Aerial of Arts Campus from IMU



Create a series of land use zones that address the goals and organize the campus into well-defined neighborhoods.

  • Academic Zone – This parcel is primarily dominated by teaching facilities, but may include academic support such as library, student union and museum. This parcel can be subdivided into neighborhoods of academic concentration such as General, Health Care, and the Arts.

    • General - primarily undergraduate, but inclusive of some post-graduate programs including College of Law.
    • Healthcare - academic and research programs related to health care comprised of Carver College of Medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and public health.
    • Arts - academic concentration on performing and visual arts.

  • Outreach Zone - This parcel is predominantly related to administration, advancement and business enterprises.

  • Athletics Zone -  Includes facilities and/or playfields whose primary function is to support intercollegiate athletics.

  • Shared Land Use Zone – Includes lands not currently owned by the institution.  These lands can foster advancement of the University mission.

  • Healthcare Zone – This parcel is primarily healthcare services consisting of the main academic medical center, specialty healthcare facilities, and other graduate and professional programs.

  • Residential Zone – Areas dominated by housing, dining, and recreational facilities for university enrolled students. The Residential Zone may also include faculty and staff housing in specific parcels.

  • Support Zone – land parcels that consist of University maintenance and operational functions (power plant, landscape services, water plant, etc.).

Land Use Master Plan Interactive Map