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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Planned Institutional District?
What is the intent of the PID zoning classification?
Does St. Ambrose have to build what is included in the master plan?

What master plan changes are allowable?

Can a new plan be submitted during the ten-year period? Does that generate a new "start date"?

What is a Planned Institutional District?
A Planned Institutional District (PID) is a zoning classification established by the City of Davenport (Ordinance No. 2011-243). It applies to all existing and proposed educational and medical campuses in excess of forty acres. Such campuses are required to apply immediately in the event of proposed development of more than five thousand square feet of impervious area; otherwise, by June 2016.

What is the intent of the PID zoning classification?
The Planned Institutional District is intended to foster a comprehensive approach to development by encouraging the adoption of a land use plan rather than the current practice, which relies on a piecemeal review of individual development proposals through the special use permit process. The district is also intended to:
• Further the policies of the City's Comprehensive Plan;
• Encourage the preparation of a land use plan that enables the community to understand the levels of development being proposed, their likely impacts and appropriate mitigation measures;
• Permit appropriate institutional growth within boundaries of the campus while minimizing the adverse impacts associated with development and geographic expansion;
• Balance the ability of major institutions to grow and adapt to changing needs while protecting the livability and vitality of adjacent areas.

Does St. Ambrose have to build what is included in the master plan?
No. St. Ambrose does not have to build all structures indicated on a master plan. The university cannot, however, build any additional structures that do not appear on the approved plan. If additional structures are desired, the university will have to present a new PID application and the entire review process will start over again.

What master plan changes are allowable?
Within the PID zone area, St. Ambrose cannot build any facilities or parking lots not shown on the master plan. If St. Ambrose wants to increase a facility or parking lot by more than 10 percent in size from the original plan, the university will have to present a new PID application and the entire review process will start over again.

Can a new plan be submitted during the ten-year period? Does that generate a new "start date"?
Yes. If the university wants to change the master plan or increase facility or parking lot size by more than 10 percent, the university will have to present a new PID application and the entire review process will start over again. If approved, the new plan will generate a new start date.