Buchanan County Planning & Zoning

Purpose:  Buchanan County adopted zoning in 1974 to allow for the orderly growth of the rural, unincorporated areas of the county for the general good of the citizens of the county, while maintaining the natural resources and coordinating residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses throughout the county.
In 1989, the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors elected to participate in the national flood insurance program.  In order to do that, the county was compelled to adopt a flood plain ordinance that limited future development in the federally designated flood plains of rural Buchanan County.  Any construction within the flood plain requires a permit from both Buchanan County and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Department History for 75th Anniversary Celebration - April 2015


2020 MEETING SCHEDULE & FILING DEADLINES

ZONING COMMISSION
Month          Meeting Date     Filing Deadline  
 January 1/7/2020  12/20/2019
 February  2/4/2020  1/17/2020
 March  3/3/2020  2/14/2020
 April 4/7/2020 3/20/2020
 May 5/5/2020  4/17/2020
 June 6/9/2020  5/22/2020
 July  7/7/2020  6/19/2020
 August  8/4/2020  7/17/2020
 September 9/1/2020  8/14/2020
 October  10/6/2020  9/18/2020
 November  11/10/2020  10/23/2020
 December  12/1/2020  11/13/2020

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
Month         Meeting Date      Filing Deadline  
 January 1/13/2020 12/27/2019
 February 2/10/2020 1/24/2020
 March 3/9/2020 2/21/2020
April 4/13/2020 3/27/2020
 May 5/11/2020 4/24/2020
 June 6/8/2020 5/22/2020
 July 7/13/2020 6/26/2020
 August 8/10/2020 7/24/2020
 September 9/14/2020 8/28/2020
 October 10/12/2020 9/25/2020
 November 11/9/2020 10/23/2020
 December 12/14/2020 11/27/2020

All applications to be considered at each meeting must be filed with the Buchanan County Planning & Zoning office by 12:00 PM (noon) on the corresponding filing deadlines.  Applications are considered filed when the Buchanan County Planning & Zoning office has received a completed, accurate, signed application along with the corresponding fee.

Buchanan County Planning & Zoning • 210 5th Ave NE Suite I, Independence, IA 50644 • P (319) 334-2873 • F (319) 334-3028