Department of Community and Regional Planning

Programs Offered

County Bioeconomy Assessment
Department of Community and Regional Planning

Expansion of the bioeconomy has the potential to benefit rural communities. However, there are also negative impacts of the bioeconomy. To maximize the positive impacts and minimize the negative impacts of the bioeconomy, it is important to assess the current conditions important for bioeconomic growth, and consider the opinions and preferences of rural residents who would be affected by it. This program will identify the potential impacts of the bioeconomy and make recommendations for growth based on a feedstock assessment, transportation infrastructure analysis, and community survey.


Introduction to Plan and Zoning workshops (on-request workshops)
College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program will be delivered on request to cities, counties, or other groups. It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials. Topics include the comprehensive plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment in land use decision-making.


Introduction to Planning & Zoning workshops
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program is held in eight locations annually every spring.  It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials.  Topics include the comprehensive plan, the zoning and subdivision ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the planning commission and the board of adjustment in land use decision-making.


Special Topics Workshops
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

These two- to three-hour programs will be offered as evening programs on request.  The host city or county and Mr. Taylor will agree on the topic in advance.  Popular topics are annexation, the Iowa Smart Planning Act, extraterritorial zoning and subdivision controls, the roles of the elected body, planning commission and zoning board of adjustment, current hot topics in planning law, and innovative planning practices.


Urban Growth Assessment
Department of Community and Regional Planning

As cities continue to expand, it is important to examine patterns of urban growth to determine if they are developing in the most compact and efficient manner. This program will use geographic information systems (GIS) to asses a city’s growth based on seven spatial measures. The result of these spatial analyses will be used to make recommendations for future growth, land use, and zoning, with the goal of protecting farmland, avoiding leap-frog development, and promoting infill development.