Planning & Development

Planning & Development Responsibilities

The Story County Planning and Development Department is responsible for approving plans, issuing permits, performing inspections, planning, and making zoning recommendations for the unincorporated areas of Story County.

Story County adopted the first zoning ordinance in 1958. The department is responsible for managing the Cornerstone to Capstone (C2C) Comprehensive Plan and the Land Development Regulations. These two documents govern how property can be divided and the uses that are allowed on property in the unincorporated areas of Story County.

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.

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