Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

More information on the Spring 2018 workshops

The dates and locations for the Spring 2018 workshops are:

March 20 – Iowa City – Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Hwy 218 S
March 26 – Sioux City – Hilton Garden Inn, 1132 Larsen Park Road
March 27 – Okoboji – Arrowwood, 1405 Hwy 71
April 2 – Ankeny – Courtyard Marriott, 2405 SE Creekview Dr
April 9 – Oskaloosa – Oskaloosa Public Library, 301 S Market St
April 10 – Decorah – Hotel Winneshiek, 104 East Water Street
May 1 – Clear Lake – Best Western Holiday Lodge, 2023 7th Ave **rescheduled for weather**

Register here!


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, 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.

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?  We will conduct a workshop tailored to your community’s needs anytime throughout the year.  Contact for costs and scheduling:   (515) 231-6513  or


4 thoughts on “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

  1. I was scheduled to attend the training module intro to planning and zoning in may at Fairfield, Iowa. Schedule conflict did not allow attendance. Can I view a presentation on line for this course

  2. My community has a number of new Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment members that would benefit from this workshop. Will there be fall workshops or spring 2018 work shops?

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