Serving Northwest Iowa for Over 35 years
Providing Planning and Development Services to Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, O'Brien, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Emmet and Palo Alto Counties
Counties Buena Vista Lyon Sioux Palo Alto Clay OBrien Osceola Dickinson Emmet

The Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission is a regional governmental organization whose mission is to provide community and economic development and job training services for a nine county area. The agency's full time, professional staff assists the member counties and municipalities in such areas as community planning and zoning, federal and state grant preparation and administration, economic development planning activities, general governmental technical assistance, Workforce Investment Act/Workforce Development, school to work, and PROMISE JOBS administration. In effect, the NWIPDC staff functions as an extension of member governments' staffs, providing the specialized services and technical assistance that would not be financially feasible for each governmental entity to provide on its own.

Services & Programs

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Iowa State Extension Planning & Zoning for Local Officials
March 22, 2019 12:10 PM

Registration Open for Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

As land use issues and the techniques used to address them become more complex, it is critical that local officials and community leaders understand the local planning and zoning process.

Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials is a three-hour workshop 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. 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development offers the workshop annually in eight 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. The 2019 dates and locations are:

April 16: Fort Dodge

April 18: Waterloo

April 23: Johnston

April 25: Council Bluffs

May 2: Dubuque

May 9: Fairfield

May 14: Davenport

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. Registration is $65 per individual, or $55 per person if a city or county registers five or more officials to attend. The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

Registrations are taken online. To register click here. Then click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning” tab at the top of the page. Those with questions regarding the workshops can contact Eric Christianson at 515-231-6513 or