Core Values

   Land Use

   Land Use
   Open Space

   Pedestrian-oriented Campus
   Vehicle System
   Parking Standards
   Drop-Off/Short Term Parking
   Open Space System
   Pedestrian/Vehicle Conflicts
   Campus Entrances
   Visual Corridors
   Potential Building Sites
   Design Guidelines/
      Pre-Design Checklist
   Replace Floor Area Ratio
   Preserve and Protect National
      Register of Historic Places
         Buildings, and Sites
   Identify, Preserve & Protect
      Other Historic Buildings & Sites
   Maintenance Plan
   Campus Statistics
   Hawkins Drive Improvement
   West Campus Loop Road
   Functional Area Recommendations
      Old Capitol
      University Services
      East Residence Halls
      Iowa Center for the Arts and
         the International Center
      Health Sciences/Hospital
      West Residence Halls
      South Melrose
      Far West
      Oakdale Campus
   East, West, & Far West Campus

   The Role of the Campus Planning
   The Role of the Campus Planning
      Committee in the Planning
   The Process For Updating the
      Framework Plan
   The Proposal or Project Review
   Project Implementation

   Campus Boundries
   Roads, Streets, & Highways
   Open Space & Green Space

   UI Payroll Report - Sept. 1997
   Lot/Ramp Space Inventory-
      Oct. 1997
   Meter Inventory - Oct. 1997
   Service Vehicle Zones -
      East Campus
   Service Vehicle Zones -
      West Campus
   Original Plat of Iowa City
   Workshops - Scheduled by
      Functional Area or
   Workshops - Summary of
      Responses By Workshop
   Workshops - Summary of

Goals and Objectives

Previous Framework plans established goals and objectives that with minor adjustments and updating are valid for this current plan. Goals and objectives are organized into three categories - Land Use, Circulation, and Open Space.

Land Use


  • To achieve a circulation system that is primarily pedestrian-oriented within each functional area.
  • To achieve a circulation system that minimizes private vehicle movement between functional areas, and optimizes pedestrian, bicycle, and CAMBUS movement.
  • To enhance CAMBUS routes and consider alternative vehicles/modes to allow pedestrians to travel areas of campus beyond a ten-minute walk in the least amount of time.
  • To encourage a system of peripheral and assure efficient pedestrian and CAMBUS connections from peripheral parking to campus destinations.


  • Provide separation of vehicle and pedestrian traffic where major conflicts exist.
  • Initiate appropriate incentive and disincentive schemes (expanded CAMBUS system, safe pedestrian connections, parking fees, etc.) to limit the number of cars brought to campus each day.
  • Work with the City of Iowa City, Coralville, University Heights, Johnson County, and the Iowa Department of Transportation to minimize non-University destined traffic on campus.
  • Assign parking spaces as close to motorist's primary destination as possible.

Goals - Roadways

  • To insure that all segments of the campus are accessible to those who require vehicle transportation such as emergency, service functions, and those with mobility problems.
  • To insure that University of Iowa Health Center, Hancher Auditorium, Athletic Event Facilities, the Iowa Memorial Union, and other University facilities serving a regional clientele have adequate motor vehicle access and parking.
  • To minimize the amount of traffic that passes through the campus and minimize the impact on the academic environment occasioned by those arterial streets that pass through campus.
  • Minimize the amount of land allocated to vehicular use.

Objectives - Roadways

  • Assume Riverside Drive and Iowa Avenue bridge will remain open to traffic in the foreseeable future.

Goals - CAMBUS

  • To insure the CAMBUS system supports the pedestrian-oriented campus concept.

Objectives - CAMBUS

  • CAMBUS operations should connect peripheral parking areas to the campus during all the hours campus facilities are open.
  • Provide a level of service that responds to legitimate demands for transit service but does not conflict with other University goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate with Iowa City and Coralville transit systems and supplement their systems where improved service to campus users would occur.
  • Redesign streets, parking areas, and other CAMBUS routes to permit easy and safe loading and unloading of passengers.

Goals - Bicycle

  • To facilitate use of bicycle movement to, from, and within the campus while minimizing conflicts with pedestrians.
  • To provide adequate bicycle parking.

Objectives - Bicycle

  • Provide a system of safe, convenient bikeways connecting all major areas of campus and connecting with bikeways provided by adjoining communities.
  • Provide and maintain bicycle racks convenient to entrances of buildings.

Open Space


  • Open space areas free of motor vehicle traffic and parking should be provided and maintained within each functional area.
  • Campus sites that possess significant natural features (i.e., Quad Ravine and Hutchinson Quarry) should be preserved.
  • Continuous pathways shall be provided and maintained along both sides of the Iowa River.
  • Parking should not be located on the riverbank and existing parking adjacent to the river should be removed
  • Providing visual and physical access to the river is an important objective in building design and placement.
  • Utilize open space facilities to unify the various parts of the campus.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 1999
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