Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops Resume in a Virtual Format

April 10, 2020

Intro to P&Z Workshop WorkbookIn an effort to continue to offer programming to local government officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development has resumed the previously canceled Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops in a virtual format.

The workshops will be offered via Adobe Connect and will be limited to 25 participants to start, so those interested in “attending” a workshop should register as soon as possible.

The dates and times for these workshops are:

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020, 5:00-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:00-4:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020, 5:00-8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020, 1:00-4:30 pm

Additional workshops may be added in the future based on demand.

Participation will require a computer with a strong internet connection, but all interaction will take place through chat and interactive questions on the screen. No microphone or camera are necessary for participation. The registration fee is $25 per person.

Participants are asked to register at least one week in advance of their session so CED staff will have time to mail workbooks, allowing people to follow along and take notes throughout the presentation.

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.

For registration questions please contact ISU Registration Services at 515-294-6222 or For questions regarding the workshops, contact Eric Christianson at 515-231-6513 or