Board of Adjustment

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Board of Adjustment responsibilities:

  • Holds hearings and issues decisions on requests for:
    • Variances from zoning rules
    • Special Use Permits
    • Appealing a decision by the Zoning Administrator
  • Has final say on all cases it hears

Details:

  • Comprised of 5 citizen appointees
  • Members appointed by Board of Supervisors for 5 years terms
  • Act in quasi-judicial capacity
  • Decisions only subject to appeal in local court system

Frequently Asked Questions

Board of Adjustment 2018 Meeting Dates

Meeting Date Filing Deadline
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018 Thursday, February 1, 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Tuesday, November 6 , 2018

*Meeting dates are subject to change, rescheduling, or cancellation at the Board’s discretion

Board of Adjustment Rules of Procedure 

Cases & Agendas

We will attempt to make meeting agendas and staff reports available online at least 1 week before the next scheduled meeting.  Please contact us directly if you have any questions about a specific case.

Separate reports for Special Use Permit requests will be either available under the specific case archive or from the department directly by request.  

*Public records are being made available online as a courtesy and is not required by state law.

Board Members

Member
Term
Steve Siemers Five Year Term, Expires 6/30/2019
Jack Davis Five Year Term, Expires 6/30/2020
Mary Ann Aslakson Five Year Term, Expires 6/30/2021
Martha Taylor Five Year Term, Expires 6/30/2022
Charlie Norris Five Year Term, Expires 6/30/2018

Zoning Appeals

If your application for a Zoning Permit is denied, you have the option to appeal the decision of the Zoning Administrator to the Board of Adjustment. The Board has the final authority to make a decision for a request.

How can I apply?

Submit completed application by:

E-mail

In Person: Turn in an application directly to our office:

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 N Washington Avenue
Mason City, IA, 50401

By Mail: Mail an application to address above.

Special Use Permits

Many uses on a property have unique aspects that can impact neighbors. If you want to start or expand a business in Cerro Gordo County or use your property in a way that impacts neighbors, please contact us to discuss what you would like to do.

A Special Use Permit might be needed. Article 20 of the Zoning Ordinance lists the types of property uses and the zoning districts in which they are allowed. If you do not see the use listed, we can help you figure it out.

How can I apply?

Submit completed application by email:

E-mail

In Person: Turn in an application directly to our office:

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 N Washington Avenue
Mason City, IA, 50401

By Mail: Mail an application to address above.

Contact Us

Cerro Gordo County Courthouse
220 N Washington Avenue
Mason City, IA, 50401

Phone: (641) 421-3075
Fax: (641) 421-3088

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Hours

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday thru Friday
Closed Weekends

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