Plan & Zoning Commission

The commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Seven members serve 5 year terms and are appointed by the Mayor with approval from the City Council.

The Plan & Zoning Commission was created in 1958 for the purpose of planning for the future growth and development of Fort Dodge.  Rezonings, Vacations, Subdivisions, and Land Use Plan Amendments are just some of the topics under the purview of the Commission.  Link to applications - Rezoning, Right-of-Way Vacation, Subdivision. 

2018 Plan & Zoning Application Submission Schedule 

2017 Plan & Zoning Commission Annual Report 

Specific Powers and Duties:

The commission is an advisory body to the City Council on matters concerning land use planning and zoning. This commission recommends to the City Council on matters such as comprehensive plans, rezoning requests, subdivision approval, urban renewal plans, self-supported municipal improvement district presentations, and other similar development proposals which are required by Iowa law. This commission works closely with the municipal staff and consultants in order to insure that the City Council and the public are adequately informed and educated about the benefits, detriments and other ramifications of local programs, problems and developments. The commission exercises a variety of functions, some of which are mandatory by State law and others which are discretionary.

Commission Member                                 Term Expires

Kim Motl                                                      December 31, 2020
Mike Doyle                                                   December 31, 2021
Dennis Crimmins, Chair                                December 31, 2021
Lisa Wilson, Vice Chair                                 December 31, 2022
Steve Kersten                                               December 31, 2022
James Kesterson                                           December 31, 2022
Jamie Lara                                                    December 31, 2021

Anyone wishing to apply for this commission may contact the Business Affairs Office at 576-8191 or print off an application and return it to the Business Affairs Office.  

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  • Phone: (515) 573-8321
  • Fax: (515) 573-5097
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