Land Use includes a total of 24 recommendations across 7 sub-categories: Single-Family, Multi-Family, Mixed-Use, Institutional, Commercial, Industrial, and Parks. The bar chart below highlights the status of the 24 recommendations. Scroll down to the Recommendation Tracker for details. Status information reflects the community's work toward each recommendation.

Recommendation Highlight - Attract large employment centers with access to infrastructure - G6a

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Recommendation tracker

Land Use: 24 recommendations


Needs Resources  Getting Started  Underway  Complete/Ongoing

Single Family


Promote access to education, recreation, and services in all neighborhoods - G1a
Link neighborhoods via trails and open space - G1b
Integrate development into the environment - G1c


Serve neighborhood needs such as education, housing, and recreation equitably while maintaining a viable, livable atmosphere and reducing environmental impacts. G1a - Coordinator: Shena Moon,

► Status: Project Underway

  • Continued focus with funding and services targeted in existing, older, walkable neighborhoods in the downtown, Northend and surrounding hill areas helps improve housing stock and amenities for thousands of households.
  • The Dream Center has expanded to provide affordable day care and wrap around services for school children.  The Dream Center is supported by the City and helps improve recreation, education, and services for families in the Washington Neighborhood and throughout the community at-large.
  • Residential Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) districts provide incentives for building in Dubuque and are generating funds for affordable housing.


Integrate future neighborhoods into Dubuque via access to trails, open space, and other recreational and educational amenities and connections to needed goods and services. G1b - Coordinator: Shena Moon,

► Status: Project Underway

  • New subdivisions are incorporating walkability and natural amenities:
    • Gardens of Dubuque's location next to Roosevelt School provides recreational options and a safe route to school;
    • South Point Subdivision has trails, walking paths to the school, pond and a play area; and
    • Rustic Point Subdivision incorporates parkland in the Phase II development as a recreational opportunity.
  • Walking/biking trails are being developed and extended using grant funding throughout the downtown, Northend and western portions of Dubuque, including at Chavenelle Road and the Northwest Arterial.


Integrate new development into the natural environment by protecting significant woodland, prairie, and wetland areas and avoiding steep slopes. G1c - Coordinator: Shena Moon,

► Status: Project Underway

  • Unified Development Code and site design standards enable and encourage imaginative solutions for development which include guidelines for stormwater management, landscaping requirements, and open space requirements.
  • Federal, state and local flood plain regulation protects watersheds from stormwater, erosion, siltification, and surface pollutants.
  • Developers are required to utilize Sustainable Subdivision Development Tools to incorporate preservation of natural areas, reduction of impervious surfaces, stormwater management, and solar orientation.
Multi Family
Mixed Use