Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Fact Sheets

Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Fact Sheets help to address common questions and explain basic concepts.  These fact sheets represent best practices in planning and zoning in Iowa, but are no substitute for legal advice. Only your city or county attorney is qualified to give you advice as to how the specific facts in your case affect you.

General


Responsibilities of Land Use Decision-Makers

Iowa Laws Relating to Planning and Zoning

Legislative v Quasi-Judicial Decisions

Comprehensive Planning


The Purpose of the Comprehensive Plan

Adopting a Comprehensive Plan

Being an Effective Planning Commission

The Elements of a Comprehensive Plan

Iowa Smart Planning Principles

Zoning


The Zoning Ordinance

Nonconforming Uses

Special or Conditional Uses

Variances

Spot Zoning

Ethic and Meetings


Rules of Decorum for Audience at Board of Adjustment Hearings

Conflicts of Interest

Pre-hearing Ethics Checklist

Ex Parte Contacts