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


October Zoning Commission Meeting
Posted: September 21, 2018

The Buchanan County Zoning Commission will meet at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in the Buchanan County Public Health meeting room located at 1413 1st St W, Independence, IA.  This meeting is open to the public and anyone wishing to attend is welcome to do so.  The agenda can be viewed by clicking here.  The current zoning request are available for viewing by clicking here.
November Zoning Commission Meeting Filing Deadline
Posted: September 21, 2018

All rezoning request must be filed with the Buchanan County Planning & Zoning office by 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, October 19, 2018 in order to be considered at the September 4, 2018 Zoning Commission Meeting.  Applications are considered complete when a current rezoning application is completely filled out, signed, and returned along with the $250.00 rezoning application fee.