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Drop-Off Site Opens for Unincorporated Residents Only Debris drop off site general image

Story County has a drop-off site for yard waste and vegetative storm debris from the August 10th storm event. The site is for organic storm debris only (trees-no root balls, brush, and vegetation) and limited to residents of unincorporated Story County (outside all city limits). It is self-haul, drop-off only.

The site is located at 60016 160th Street (southeast of Roland), at the Southeast corner of the intersection of 600th Avenue and 160th Street (entrance to the site is from 160th Street).

The site is open Monday through Wednesday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and again on Saturday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The final day to drop debris off at the site is Saturday October 31. 

Upon entry to the site, identification or other proof of residence in unincorporated Story County must be shown, and loads will be photographed and logged. Face coverings are recommended when social distancing practices cannot be followed. 

Staff is not available to help unload debris, and residents are encouraged to tie down or cover loads to prevent debris from falling out during transport. Use caution around the heavy equipment at the drop-off sites. PPE Recommended: Safety Glasses, Hi Viz Shirt, Gloves, Long pants, Closed Toed Shoes.

The dumping of non-yard waste debris or any debris outside of the set hours by the public shall be considered illegal dumping and shall be punishable by law.

Please contact Story County Planning and Development at 515-382-7245 with any questions or visit Story County online at

Key Cooperative Rezoning 

Key Cooperative has requested to rezone a portion of a parcel east of the City of Zearing (north 825 feet of the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 22 of Lincoln Township, parcel 04-22-100-200) from the A-1 Agricultural District to the A-2 Agribusiness District. They have also requested Cornerstone to Capstone (C2C) Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map amendment from the Agricultural Conservation Area to the Commercial/Industrial Area for the property. If the zoning map amendment is approved, Key Cooperative will establish a new grain elevator on the property. The application materials and staff recommendation will be linked on the agenda center when available. Application materials are also linked here and a concept plan can be found below.

Key Coop Zearing - Conceptual Site Plan

Nevada Wastewater Treatment Facility 

The City of Nevada has requested a conditional use permit for a new Wastewater Treatment Facility, proposed to be located on parcel 11-31-200-305, on the south side of 270th Street and west of West Indian Creek. The new facility will replace the existing facility, located at 457 S 6th Street, Nevada. The existing waste water treatment facility is approximately 60 years old. It does not have the capacity to support the population growth of the City of Nevada, the expansion of Burke Corporation or Iowa Department of Natural Resource Requirements. The applicant stated that the facility is “not readily amenable to be modified to provide additional effluent disinfection and nutrient removal requirements” and could not meet separation requirements from inhabitable buildings. 

The proposed facility will provide a higher level of treatment than the existing wastewater treatment facility. An interceptor sewer is proposed between the existing Wastewater Treatment Facility and the new location—a lift station and force main are proposed to pump effluent from the existing wastewater treatment facility to the proposed wastewater treatment facility. The interceptor sewer is proposed to be located in the right-of-way of Country Road S-14 (620th Avenue) and 270th Street. The project will be completed in multiple phases with final completion by November 2023. 

Application materials are also linked here and a concept plan can be found below. The application documents are also linked below. 

The Story County Board of Adjustment will tentatively review the Conditional Use Permit Application on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at a meeting originating form the Story County Administration Building, 900 6th Street, Nevada, Iowa, at 4 PM. The meeting is open to the public pursuant to Chapter 21 Iowa Code. 

Due to recommendations to social distance in order to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the capacity of our meeting room is significantly limited. Therefore, public access to the meeting will be provided via Zoom. Please note: the passwords for the Board of Adjustment Zoom meeting are different if joining via telephone or computer. 

To join the zoom meeting by computer, tablet, smartphone visit HTTPS://WWW.ZOOM.US/ and click on “Join a Meeting.” Use the Zoom Meeting ID 773 718 0067 and Passcode 1DR5Wg. 

To join the meeting by telephone: Dial (312) 626-6799. Use the Zoom Meeting ID 773 718 0067 and Passcode 540442. 

Any citizen may offer comments and suggestions about this application by attending the public meeting, writing the Planning and Development office prior to the meeting or calling 515-382-7245.  E-mails may be sent to

Review of Agriculture Practices

On June 1, 2020, the Governor signed HF2477 and HF2512 into law. The laws had an immediate impact on planning and zoning in Iowa counties as each county’s authority to require review of agricultural exemptions and agritourism requests disappeared, including Story County.f

  • HF2477 eliminates counties’ ability to require conditional use permits, special use permits, special exceptions, or variances for agricultural experiences on a farm where the primary use is agricultural production. Agricultural experiences are secondary uses to agricultural production and are intended to promote or educate the public about agriculture, agricultural practices, agricultural activities, or agricultural products. This new law will require the striking of Story County’s agritourism ordinance and Conditional Use Permit process from the Story County Land Development Regulations. With permit and variance approvals for agricultural experiences gone, so also opportunities for neighbors and other members of the public to express their support or opposition for new or changing agricultural experience projects at a public hearing. 
  • HF2512 states that “a county shall not require an application, an approval, or a fee in order for an ordinance to be deemed inapplicable to land or buildings that are primarily adapted for agricultural purposes,” requiring Story County to change some of its processes. The Planning and Development Department is now supporting a voluntary application submittal process for property owners claiming their land and/or building projects are agriculturally exempt from County zoning requirements. The Department’s review will continue to include referral to Environmental Health when waste water is planned to be generated and a septic system permit is needed, review for impacts on the flood plain, referral to electric service providers regarding overhead electrical line separation standards, and review for potential impacts to easements. 

Please send comments or questions regarding these laws to or call 515-382-7245 for more information.  

New Flowchart for Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements 

How do Story County's Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control requirements impact your project? Use the new flow chart of erosion control plan requirements to find out! The flow chart is also available at the bottom of this post. 

Story County amended its Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control requirements and Post-Construction Stormwater Management requirements in 2019. All construction projects that disturb under one acre must meet the Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control requirements. A full set of both erosion control and stormwater management requirements can be found in Chapter 88.05 of the Story County Land Development Regulations.

Flow Chart Draft 5 (publisher)

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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