Article 7. R-2 Multiple Family Residential District

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Section 7.1. INTENT.

The intent of the Multiple Family Residential district is to provide for a variety of multiple family residential living areas where public utilities and services are available and to encourage a suitable living environment through the promotion of public health, safety and welfare; in addition to providing for uses in those areas of the community compatible in character and density with the multiple family residential environment.



Within the (R-2) Multiple Family Residential district, unless otherwise provided, only the following uses, buildings or structures shall be permitted by right.

Residential Uses

Civic Uses

Commercial Uses


Assisted Living Facility Condominium Residential Cottage

Family Home Group Residential

Multiple Family Residential Nursing or Convalescent Facility Residential Care Services

Single Family Residential Townhouse Residential Two Family Residential

Governmental/Public Services Local Utility Services

Park and Recreation Services Religious Assembly

Bed & Breakfast Inn Hospital Services Medical Clinics/Offices



Certain uses may be permitted in the (R-2) Multiple Family Residential district subject to specific conditions and requirements as outlined and approved by the Board of Adjustment intending to make them compatible with and acceptable to adjacent uses.

Residential Uses

Civic Uses

Commercial Uses

Accessory Buildings on separate lots (in compliance with Section 16.2.5)

Relocated Residential

Cultural Services Daycare Center Educational Facilities Major Utility Services

Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool or Nursery Schools

Safety Services

Boarding House Communication Services

(See Section 16.10)

Funeral Services



Permitted accessory uses shall not be the principal structure on any lot, and accessory uses are to remain incidental and secondary in size, use, and nature to the principal permitted use. Accessory uses shall also comply the provisions of Section 16.2. The following accessory uses and structures shall be permitted.

  1. Essential services
  2. Private garages or carports.
  3. Parking lots
  4. Personal recreational facilities for use by the principal occupants
  5. Patios, cabanas, porches, gazebos, and incidental household storage buildings
  6. Personal greenhouses, not operated for commercial purposes
  7. Residential convenience services
  8. Radio, television, satellite dish, and other similar receiving antennas for personal use. Communication services and other devices or structures intended for commercial use are considered a conditional use and shall comply with the provisions of Section 16.10.
  9. Solar collectors
  10. Home occupations, in compliance with Section 16.5.
  11. The keeping of dogs or other domesticated animals in private kennels.
  12. Temporary buildings for uses incidental to construction, in which buildings shall be removed upon the completion or abandonment of construction, and in compliance with Section 16.4.
  13. Accessory uses and structures determined by the Zoning Administrator to be appropriate, incidental, and subordinate to principal permitted and conditional uses and structures.



The following minimum requirements shall be provided for light and open space around permitted and conditional uses, buildings and structures in the (R-2) Multiple Family Residential district, and subject to the Supplemental District Regulations.

  • Lot Area – All dwellings 10,000 sq. ft. – minimum lot area
  • +1,500 sq. ft. for each additional dwelling unit in excess of two dwelling units
  • All other uses 10,000 sq. ft. – minimum lot area
  • Lot Width – 100 feet – minimum lot width, except entry points in cul-de-sacs
  • Front Yard – 25 feet – minimum required setback
  • Rear Yard – 25 feet – minimum required setback
  • Side Yard – 8 feet – minimum required setback Street Side Yard (Corner Lot) – 25 feet – minimum required setback
  • Height – 35 feet maximum height provided no structure shall be permitted to extend into approach zones, clear zones or other restricted air space required for the protection of any public airport.

No minimum requirements for local utility facilities and essential services, except that buildings or other above-ground structures or devices constructed in support of utilities or essential services must comply with minimum yard setback requirements. All residential dwelling units must be constructed in compliance with the Residential Dwelling Standards outlined in Section 16.7. Manufactured or mobile homes placed in designated residential subdivisions must be converted to real property in conformance with section 135D.26 of the Code of Iowa



Off-street parking and loading requirements shall be required for activities in the (R-2) Multiple Family Residential district in accordance with the provisions of Article 17 of this ordinance.



Sign regulations shall be required for activities in the (R-2) Multiple Family Residential district in accordance with the provisions of Article 18 of the ordinance.



Zoning permits shall be required in accordance with the provisions of Section 21.3 of this ordinance.


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