Planning & Development

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.

Ames Urban Fringe Plan Review

As a part of its 2017 work program, the Story County Planning and Development Department was assigned to work with the City of Ames and the City of Gilbert to review the Ames Urban Fringe Plan (AUFP) Land Use Framework Map. The review completed by Story County Planning and Development can be found here (PDF).

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