Extension News

Workshop Offers Help With Local Zoning Issues

5/5/2005

A workshop designed to help local government officials respond to planning and zoning issues will be offered in 13 Iowa cities beginning later this month.  The three-hour session is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Regional Councils of Government, and is intended for city council members, county boards of supervisors, planning and zoning commissioners, boards of adjustment, and other officials who handle zoning requests.

Gary Taylor, extension specialist in community and regional planning at ISU, said the program will cover land use planning and the basics of zoning ordinances. Elected officials and citizen-led boards and commissions make up the backbone of the local planning and zoning process, he said, and unfortunately, the issues surrounding land use, and the tools and techniques available to address them, are becoming increasingly complex. At the same time developers, landowners and residents are increasingly likely to litigate over unfavorable decisions.

The workshop will begin with registration at 5:30 p.m. and will include a light supper. For more information contact the nearest ISU Extension county office, or Gary Taylor (515) 294-2973. Information, including a registration form, also is available online at  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/communities/pandz.html

The workshops are scheduled in the following communities on the dates indicated.

Ames, Monday, July 18, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

Bettendorf, Tuesday, June 14, Scott County Extension Office

Calmar, Thursday, May 19, Northeast Iowa Dairy Center

Cedar Rapids, Tuesday, May 24, Kirkwood Community College Main Campus

Council Bluffs, Thursday, May 26, West Pottawattamie County Extension Office

Creston, Tuesday, May 24, Union County Extension Office

Dubuque, Wednesday, May 18, Northeast Iowa Community College

Mason City, Wednesday, June 22, Mason City city hall

Mount Pleasant, Wednesday, June 15, Iowa Wesleyan College

Oskaloosa, Tuesday, May 31, Mahaska County Extension Office

Sioux City, Wednesday, June 8, Western Iowa Community College

Spencer, Tuesday, June 7, Spencer School Administration Building

Waterloo, Thursday, June 2, Waterloo Center for the Arts

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Contacts :

Gary Taylor, Community and Regional Planning, (515) 294-2973, gtaylor@iastate.edu 

Del Marks, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu