Land Use

Duties & Responsibility

The Land Use Department is responsible for general county planning, approving zoning and floodplain permits, subdivision review, and enforcing all elements of the Des Moines County land use ordinances which include:  

  • Zoning Ordinance (2-mile radius around the City of Burlington)
  • Floodplain Ordinance (all of Des Moines County)
  • Subdivision Ordinance (all of Des Moines County)

Land Use Documents

The following are the Land Use Ordinances that apply to Des Moines County or areas within Des Moines County:

DRAFT SUBDIVISION and zoning ordinances

On October 27, 2021, the Des Moines County Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:30 PM to discuss and make a recommendation on two revised County land use ordinances. The Board of Supervisors will then act on the Commission’s recommendation (with information on meeting dates forthcoming). Below are links to the draft Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances, along with a draft Zoning Map, and lists/summaries of the major changes being proposed: