The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for communicating, enforcing, and administering the land use ordinances in the rural areas of Cerro Gordo County. Such land use ordinances include the Zoning Ordinance, Land Subdivision Ordinance, and the Uniform Rural Address System Ordinance. In addition, the department administers the permitting of docks at public accesses along the south shore of Clear Lake. The department is staffed by an Administrative Officer and an Administrative Assistant.

County residents who are planning to build, re-build, alter, enlarge, or move any building or structure on their property are required to complete and file an Application for Zoning Certificate with the Planning and Zoning Department. In addition, if the use or occupancy of a building, structure, or parcel of land will be changed, an Application for Zoning Certificate must be filed. From this Application, the department will determine compliance with applicable ordinances and whether any exemptions apply. Once completed applications are filed, with required signatures from the Department of Public Health and/or the Clear Lake Sanitary District, the department has seven days to approve, deny, or request more information on the application.

The Administrative Officer and Administrative Assistant provide staff services to the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment.

Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Commission hears and makes recommendations on requests for rezonings, subdivision plats, street vacations, and controlled accesses. The Commission makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, which has final say in these matters.

Planning & Zoning Links

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment holds hearings and issues decisions on applications for special use permits, variances from the requirements of the zoning ordinances, and appeals of decisions by the Administrative Officer. The Board of Adjustment has the final say on matters in which it has jurisdiction.

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