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Posted on: October 16, 2020

October is National Planning Month

Planning Month

Planners work to improve the well-being of all people living in our communities by taking a comprehensive perspective. This approach leads to safer, resilient, more equitable, and more prosperous communities. Here in Marshalltown, we have small but robust Planning, Department.

Two boards that community members are involved with that are large aspects of the planning process here in Marshalltown are the: Board of Adjustment, and Plan Zoning Commission. All members must be residents of the City of Marshalltown.

The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board. They decide on applications by residents to permit buildings or land uses which vary from the zoning regulations, hear appeals of decisions made by the zoning administrators, and interpret unclear provisions in the zoning ordinances.

“In our country and society, more than any other, it is important for a citizen to participate in government and to take shared responsibility for the society in which we live. I have chosen to do that in the place I make my home, raised my children and where I can apply my unique skills and training.” Dave Schulze Board of Adjustment 

 “I enjoy participating with the Board of Adjustments because it provides a direct opportunity for me to be part of the physical infrastructure planning of our great city. Many items that are presented to the Board of Adjustments relate to Real Estate, which is a great passion of mine. Participating on the board also has great personal meaning for me, as my late father, Kevin Lageschulte, served on the board for many years, and as a child I was always interested in asking him about the meetings and the decisions that were made.” Kelli Thurston Board of Adjustment

The Plan Zoning Commission has a key role in the planning process here in Marshalltown. They act as an advisory board to the City Council on planning and development topics. The Commission reviews development application for commercial and residential projects for new construction within city limits.

“Planning is necessary for a city to make evolutionary progress; in an orderly and progressive fashion versus a destructive evolution. That does not severely impact property owners” Jon Boston Plan Zoning Commission

Currently the City of Marshalltown has multiple Community Plans. The purpose of all these plans is to set goals for the future; and to layout a path to achieving community goals. The city is in the process of a Zoning Code rewrite, and for the second phase of Downtown Planning.

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