Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

October 13th, 2014

About the Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops 

The Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials workshop 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.

View the informational brochure for the 2014 workshops here

The workshop is offered annually in seven or eight 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.  The tentative dates and locations for Spring 2015 are:

March 23 – Council Bluffs

March 24 – Fort Dodge

March 30 – Dubuque

March 31 – Waterloo

April 6 – Davenport

April 7 – Fairfield

April 13 – Johnston
Register Online

We have moved exclusively to an online registration system for the Planning and Zoning for Local Officials workshops. You will be able to access the online registration system for the 2015 workshops on this page in January 2015.

To register online and receive a meal you must register at least one week before the scheduled date of the workshop you wish to attend.  You may register and pay at the door on the day of the workshop if you cannot register by the one-week deadline; however, no meal will be provided.  If you have registered but find you cannot attend you may send a substitute or cancel your registration; however, no refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 3 business days prior to the workshop.

When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.

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.

Can’t Wait for 2015?

New board or commission members?  Vexing issues?  Just in need of some “personalized” assistance?  Gary Taylor will conduct a workshop tailored to your community’s needs anytime throughout the year.  Contact for costs and scheduling:   (515) 290-0214  or


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