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


2021 MEETING SCHEDULE & FILING DEADLINES

ZONING COMMISSION
Month          Meeting Date     Filing Deadline  
 January  1/5/2021  12/8/2020
 February  2/2/2021  1/5/2021
 March  3/9/2021  2/2/2021
 April  4/6/2021  3/9/2021
 May  5/4/2021  4/6/2021
 June  6/8/2021  5/11/2021
 July  7/6/2021  6/8/2021
 August  8/3/2021  7/6/2021
 September  9/7/2021  8/10/2021
 October  10/5/2021  9/7/2021
 November  11/9/2021  10/12/2021
 December  12/7/2021  11/9/2021

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
Month         Meeting Date      Filing Deadline  
 January  1/11/2021  12/25/2020
 February  2/8/2021  1/22/2021
 March  3/8/2021  2/19/2021
April  4/12/2021  3/26/2021
 May  5/10/2021  4/23/2021
 June  6/14/2021  5/28/2021
 July  7/12/2021  6/25/2021
 August  8/9/2021  7/23/2021
 September  9/13/2021  8/27/2021
 October  10/11/2021  9/24/2021
 November  11/8/2021  10/22/2021
 December  12/13/2021  11/26/2021

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