Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

November 22nd, 2015

Announcing the Spring 2016 workshop dates and locations

Monday, March 21 – Okoboji – Arrowwood Resort, 1405 Highway 71

Tuesday, March 22 – Clear Lake – Best Western Holiday Lodge, 2023 7th Ave North

Tuesday, April 5 – Decorah – Hotel Winneshiek, 104 East Water Street

Wednesday, April 6 – Cedar Rapids – Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 525 33rd Ave. SW

Monday, April 11 – Sioux City – Bev’s on the River, 1110 Larsen Park Road

Tuesday, April 19 – Creston – Supertel Inn & Conference Center, 800 Laurel Street

The link to the on-line registration page will be provided in January.

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.

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.

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?  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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