Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops


Iowa State Extension’s Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops have begun and will continue this spring with a number of workshops around the state. The workshops offer a three-hour session designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and the board of adjustment members without formal training in the subjects. 

Using case scenarios in a highly interactive format, the workshop highlights issues frequently faced in the land use process, such as the roles and responsibilities of the planning and zoning commission, the board of adjustment, and the elected council and board of supervisors. It also will highlight legal issues frequently faced by local officials, such as variances, special uses, nonconforming uses, spot zoning, hearing procedures, and conflicts of interest.




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