Planning & Development

  1. Drop-Off Site Opens for Unincorporated Residents Only

    Story County is opening a drop-off site for yard waste and vegetative storm debris from the August 10th storm event for unincorporated residents to use Read on...
  2. Two New Laws Impact Review of Agriculture Practices

    Effective June 1 2020, HF2477 eliminates counties’ ability to require conditional use permits for agritourism when a property is primarily in agricultural use. HF2512 eliminates counties' ability to require applications for agricultural exemptions. Read on...
  3. US 30 I-35 Corridor Preservation Proposed by the Iowa Department of Transportation

    The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) per Iowa Code 306.19(5), is providing this notice that the DOT proposes to implement corridor preservation for the future U.S. 30 from the Interstate 35 interchange at Ames east to... Read on...
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Planning & Development Responsibilities

The Story County Planning and Development Department is responsible for administering the Cornerstone to Capstone (C2C) Comprehensive Plan and the Story County Land Development Regulations, which govern how property can be divided and the uses that are allowed on property in the unincorporated areas of Story County. Other responsibilities of the Planning and Development Department include reviewing development cases, approving site plans, issuing zoning permits, and performing on-site inspections..

Cooperative Efforts

The Planning and Development Department works very closely with the Story County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. The Planning and Zoning Commission is made up of seven residents, a majority of whom reside within the unincorporated areas of the county. The Commission makes recommendations to the Story County Board of Adjustment and the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Adjustment is made up of five residents of the county who make final decisions on development applications for conditional use permit requests, appeals and variances.

Our Staff

The Planning and Development Department includes four full-time staff members, along with planning interns as budgets allow. The positions include a Director, two Planners, and Administrative Assistant. You can find us in the bottom level of the Story County Administration Building located in Nevada.

Current Projects

To learn more about new ordinances, changes in current requirements, and other Department projects, visit the Current Projects page.