Des Moines rezones homes on city's east side after slew of issues
More than 130 homes on the east side of Des Moines returned to residential zoning Monday under a decision approved by the City Council.
- It reverses a 2019 decision that had added them into an industrial area.
Why it matters: Homes in industrial zones often can't obtain city permits to be properly fixed or modernized after a disaster, neighborhood officials told Axios back in March.
- Getting loan approval was also more difficult because of the zoning, they said.
State of play: Most homeowners didn't realize what the changes meant for their properties or weren't fully informed when the zoning classifications changed, Councilperson Linda Westergaard told us last spring.
Details: The area is along E 21st Street between Guthrie Avenue and Interstate 235.
- A second area near E University Avenue and the interstate was zoned from business-use to a "neighborhood mix district."
📍 Check your zone: DSM zoning can be reviewed by address on the city's website.
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