Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

More information on the Spring 2017 workshops

The dates and locations for the Spring 2017 workshops are:

April 18 – Waterloo – Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street
April 24 – Johnston – Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 North Park Drive
May 2 – Dubuque – Hotel Julien, 200 Main Street
May 8 – Fairfield – Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 North Main Street
May 10 – Fort Dodge – Iowa Central Community College, One Triton Circle
May 15 – Davenport – River’s Edge – 700 W River Drive
May 16 – Council Bluffs – Hilton Garden Inn – 2702 Mid America Drive

Registration and brochure links are here!

All of your watching paid off.  You may now register online here.When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.

To 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. No exceptions.

For registration questions please contact:
Registration Services

Want to spread the word about these workshops to others in your city or county?  You may download a copy of the brochure here.

Note that this is not a registration brochure.  We no longer accept mailed-in registrations.  The only way to register is by following the link above.

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


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  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?