Registration Open for Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

March 2, 2018

Registration is now open for the "Introduction to Planning and Zoning" Workshops conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development.

As land use issues and the techniques used to address them become more complex, it is critical that local officials and community leaders understand the local planning and zoning process.

“Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials” is a three-hour workshop 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. 

ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development offers the workshop each spring in several communities 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. The 2018 workshop dates and locations are as follows:

  • March 20: Iowa City
  • March 26: Sioux City
  • March 27: Okoboji
  • April 2: Ankeny
  • April 3: Clear Lake
  • April 9: Oskaloosa
  • April 10: Decorah
  • April 24: Creston

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. Registration is $65 per individual, or $55 per person if a city or county registers five or more officials to attend. The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

Registrations will be taken exclusively online. For more information and the link to registration visit and click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning” tab at the top of the page. 

Those with questions regarding the workshops can contact Eric Christianson at 515-231-6513 or, or Linda Doering at 515-294-8707 or