Plan & Zoning Commission

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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. 


2019 Plan & Zoning Application Submission Schedule

2018 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 Expiration
Kim Motl December 31, 2020
Dennis Crimmins December 31, 2021
Mike Doyle December 31, 2021
Jamie Lara December 31, 2021
Steve Kersten, Vice Chair December 31, 2022
James Kesterson December 31, 2022
Lisa Wilson, Chair December 31, 2022


Anyone wishing to apply for this commission may contact the Business Affairs Office at 515-576-4551, ext 1004
or print off an application form located under the "Links" tab.

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