Planning and Zoning

Contact Information

Kelly Fry, City Clerk

West Burlington City Hall
122 Broadway Street
West Burlington, IA  52655
Phone: 319-752-5451

 

Meetings

  • 6:00 PM
  • Meetings are held as needed with standing meeting dates every quarter on the second Wednesday of the following months (Jan, April, July, October) Meetings may be added or cancelled as deemed necessary
  • P&Z meetings are held at West Burlington City Hall

Council Chambers
122 Broadway St.
West Burlington, IA  52655

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available at least 24 hours prior to the meetings.
Minutes are available following approval by the Commission.

Members

The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Council with five-year term limits.  One member from the Planning and Zoning Commission is appointed to serve on the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Responsibilities

The Planning and Zoning Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on applications for rezoning, subdivision plat approval, and amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance.

The commission members review the applications in terms of their impact on the neighborhood, community, environment, and the City’s utilities and transportation systems. The commission’s recommendations are forwarded to the Council.  

Zoning / Subdivision Code of the City of West Burlington (Link)

Staff Support to Boards and Commissions

Staff processes applications and prepares reports and recommendations to the City Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Subdivision Process

A subdivision is a division or re-division of land into two (2) or more lots for the purpose of transferring ownership or future development.  It can also refer to the consolidation of parcels, for the same purpose.  Chapter 170 of the West Burlington City Code regulates Subdivisions.

The approval process for Subdivisions consist of three stages: the submittal of a sketch plan, the preliminary plat approval process, and the final plat approval process.

If the proposed Subdivision is located outside of West Burlington city limits, but within the City’s extraterritorial subdivision review area and would qualify as a Minor Subdivision the plat may be approved administratively by the City Administrator. 

STEP 1:  Sketch Plan Review
This process is carried out between the applicant and City Staff. The applicant will meet with City Staff to review all ideas and concepts for the proposed subdivision and the City will inform the applicant of the process, application requirements, fees, approval process, and key timelines/deadlines. The applicant should bring a concept plan for the proposed subdivision to this meeting. Once the pre-application conference is held, the applicant may file the preliminary plat application.

STEP 2: Preliminary Plat Application
The property owner/subdivider should complete an application for preliminary plat approval.  Submit the application along with all required supporting documentation and application fee to the City Clerk’s office.

A list of all required information is included in Chapter 170 of the West Burlington City Code. If the application is deemed incomplete, the applicant will have 30 days to provide all the incomplete information. If the information is not provided, a new application will be required.

Once all information is provided, the Zoning Administrator will notify the applicant of the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting date and time. The zoning Administrator will also provide the application to City Staff, local utilities, school district, public safety agencies, and other applicable groups. These groups will have 15 days in which to provide comments to the Zoning Administrator before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

The Planning and Zoning Commission, following a 10 calendar days notice, will hold a public hearing and make a recommendation on the Preliminary Plat to the Council.

The City Council will take action on the Preliminary Plat application. The Council may take action on the application to approve, deny, or table for further evaluation. The Council has 60 days once the application is deemed complete to take action on the application. 

Final Plat Application
After Preliminary Plat approval, the applicant may file an application for the Final Plat. The Final Plat application should include all necessary information that is included in Chapter 170 of the West Burlington City Code, including a final subdivision development agreement if applicable.


The Planning and Zoning Commission will review and make a recommendation on the Final Plat to the Council.

City Council will take action on the Final Plat application. The Council will pass a resolution accepting the plat to officially approve the Final Plat.

After Council approval, the applicant should file the plat with the Des Moines County Recorder's Office within 30 days and give a record of this recording to the West Burlington City Clerk before the plat is recognized as being official. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What is Zoning?

Zoning is a set of policies adopted by the City Council to regulate the use of land within the city. The location, size, and height of buildings and signs, size of lots, yards, and other open spaces are all regulated by Zoning. Zoning also regulates what you can use your property for and what you can build on it. The basis of Zoning is to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community and its residents.  Each property in West Burlington is designated with a zoning classification.

Zoning Map (Link)   

 

What is a Subdivision?

A subdivision is a division or re-division of land into two (2) or more lots to transfer ownership or future development.  It can also refer to the consolidation of parcels for the same purpose.  Chapter 170 of the West Burlington City Code regulates Subdivisions.

Application for Subdividing (LINK)

 

What is the approval process for a Subdivision?

The approval process for Subdivisions consists of three stages: the submittal of a sketch plan, the preliminary plat approval process, and the final plat approval process.  All subdivisions are reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  After reviewing a subdivision plat, the Commission will make a recommendation for or against the subdivision to City Council.  City Council will consider approving a Subdivision by Resolution and authorize the subdivision to be recorded with the Des Moines County Recorder.   

 

How long does the approval process take?

We estimate 4 – 6 weeks for the review and approval process. 

 

What about Subdivisions Outside the City Limits?

The City of West Burlington also reviews and approves subdivisions within two-miles of the city limits. The review of subdivisions in this two-mile jurisdiction is similar to subdivisions within the city limits.  Section 170.17 (5) of the City Code provides for some modifications.

 

Are sidewalks required in a Subdivision?

Sidewalks are required; however, requirements may be waived in certain districts, as stated in Section 170.28 (3).

 

What guidelines address right-of-way and pavement widths for streets, alleys, and utility easements in a Subdivision?

Right-of-way widths and easements should follow the regulations outlined in Section 170.23 of the Municipal Code.  Pavement widths should follow the regulations outlined in Section 170.24.

 

What regulation deals with adequate public services?

Section 170.29 through 170.32 regulates the necessity of public services, including adequate water, waste management, stormwater drainage utilities.

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