21.01  Planning and Zoning Commission

21.04  Compensation

21.02  Term of Office

21.05  Powers and Duties

21.03  Vacancies


There shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to Council approval, a City Planning and Zoning Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, consisting of five members, who shall be residents of the City and qualified by knowledge or experience to act in matters pertaining to the development of a City plan and who shall not hold any elective office in the City government.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 414.6 & 392.1)

21.02   TERM OF OFFICE.  The term of office of the members of the Commission shall be five (5) years.  The terms of not more than one-third of the members will expire in any one year.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

21.03   VACANCIES.  If any vacancy exists on the Commission caused by resignation, or otherwise, a successor for the residue of the term shall be appointed in the same manner as the original appointee.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

21.04   COMPENSATION.  All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, except their actual expenses, which shall be subject to the approval of the Council.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

21.05   POWERS AND DUTIES.  The Commission shall have and exercise the following powers and duties:

1.                  Selection of Officers.  The Commission shall choose annually at its first regular meeting one of its members to act as Chairperson and another as Vice Chairperson, who shall perform all the duties of the Chairperson during the Chairperson’s absence or disability.  The Chairperson shall act as the Zoning Administrator for standard zoning applications only, on which approval is based upon simple setbacks and compliance with zoning districts, deferring all other applications to the City Engineer for review.  This specific duty of the Chairperson shall be reviewed every five (5) years upon Council discretion.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

2.                  Adopt Rules and Regulations.  The Commission shall adopt such rules and regulations governing its organization and procedure as it may deem necessary.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

3.                  Zoning.  The Commission shall have and exercise all the powers and duties and privileges in establishing the City zoning regulations and other related matters and may from time to time recommend to the Council amendments, supplements, changes or modifications, all as provided by Chapter 414 of the Code of Iowa. 

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 414.6)

4.                  Recommendations on Improvements.  The design and proposed location of public improvements shall be submitted to the Commission for its recommendations prior to any actions being taken by the City for the construction or placement of such improvements.  Such requirements and recommendations shall not act as a stay upon action for any such improvement if the Commission, after thirty (30) days’ written notice requesting such recommendations, has failed to file the same.

5.                  Review and Comment on Plats.  All plans, plats, or re-plats of subdivisions or re-subdivisions of land in the City or adjacent thereto, laid out in lots or plats with the streets, alleys, or other portions of the same intended to be dedicated to the public in the City, shall first be submitted to the Commission and its recommendations obtained before approval by the Council.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

6.                  Fiscal Responsibilities.  The Commission shall have full, complete, and exclusive authority to expend, for and on behalf of the City, all sums of money appropriated to it and to use and expend all gifts, donations, or payments that are received by the City for City planning and zoning purposes. 

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

7.                  Limitation on Entering Contracts.  The Commission shall have no power to contract debts beyond the amount of its original or amended appropriation as approved by the Council for the present year.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)

8.                  Annual Report.  The Commission shall each year make a report to the Mayor and Council of its proceedings, with a full statement of its receipts and disbursements and the progress of its work during the preceding fiscal year. 

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.1)