November 13, 2014
You may be asking yourself “What is a Corridor Preservation Zone Renewal?” A Corridor Preservation Zone, or CPZ, is an area where future transportation improvements could occur that may require the acquisition of right-of-way. Designation of the CPZ allows Iowa DOT to review building permits, subdivision plats and proposed zoning changes to determine if they are compatible with future roadway improvements.
If the building permits, subdivision plats or zoning changes are not compatible with the Iowa DOT’s proposed improvements, the Iowa DOT may initiate the acquisition process for the said right-of-way. The CPZ also protects private property owners by providing them with information regarding future transportation improvements that may affect their property.
The Iowa DOT implemented a CPZ for the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program on September 20, 2005. In the early stages of the interstate redesign process the DOT worked with the public, and local, state, and federal agencies to identify a CPZ. This is the third renewal of the zone that is refiled every three years.