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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


CURRENT NEWS

October Zoning Commission Meeting Cancelled
Posted: October 2, 2017

The Buchanan County Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 has been cancelled as the only item on the agenda for consideration has been withdrawn.  Please contact Matt Even at maeven@co.buchanan.ia.us or (319) 334-2873 if you have any questions.
November Zoning Commission Meeting Deadline
Posted: October 2, 2017

All rezoning request must be filed with the Buchanan County Planning & Zoning office by 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, October 27, 2017 in order to be considered at the November 14, 2017 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.
November Zoning Commission Meeting
Posted: June 16, 2017

The Buchanan County Zoning Commission will meet at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 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.  To view the agenda, click here.  The current zoning request are available for viewing by clicking here.