Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops


About the Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops 

The Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials workshop is 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 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.

The workshop is offered annually in multiple locations across the state.  Locations change from year-to-year so that city and county officials are able to attend a location near them at least once every two years.  All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 8:45 p.m. The registration fee is $65 per individual.  This fee is reduced to $55 per individual if a city or county registers 5 or more officials to attend.  The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

Check back in early 2020 for dates of the Spring 2020 workshops.

Spring 2019 workshops have been completed.

The dates and locations for the Spring 2019 workshops were:

April 16 – Fort Dodge – Triton Café 100 & 101, Iowa Central Community College
April 18 – Waterloo – Schoitz Room I, Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St.
April 23 – Johnston – Ballroom 3, Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Dr.
April 25 – Council Bluffs – Wabash Room & River City A, Hilton Garden Inn Omaha/East Council Bluffs, 2702 MidAmerica Dr.
May 2 – Dubuque – River Room, Hotel Julien, 200 Main St.
May 9 – Fairfield – Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N. Main Street, Fairfield, IA
May 14 – Quad Cities – Davenport Library Main Branch at 321 Main St. Davenport, IA

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Certification Credits

The workshop has been pre-approved by the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association and the Iowa League of Cities for credits toward certification.

Other matters?

New board or commission members?  We will conduct a workshop tailored to your community’s needs anytime throughout the year.  Contact for costs and scheduling:   (515) 231-6513  or