Planning and Zoning Commission
Section 26.1. Planning & Zoning Commission Created
In order to avail itself of the powers conferred by this chapter, the board of supervisors shall appoint a commission, a majority of whose members shall reside within the county but outside the corporate limits of any city, to be known as the county zoning commission, to recommend the boundaries of the various original districts, and appropriate regulations and restrictions to be enforced therein. Such commission shall, with due diligence, prepare a preliminary report and hold public hearings thereon before submitting its final report; and the board of supervisors shall not hold its public hearings or take action until it has received the final report of such commission. After the adoption of such regulations, restrictions, and boundaries of districts, the zoning commission may, from time to time, recommend to the board of supervisors amendments, supplements, changes or modifications. The zoning commission, with the approval of the board of supervisors, may contract with professional consultants, regional planning commissions, the Iowa department of economic development, or the federal government, for local planning assistance. (Code of Iowa, Sec, 335.8)
Section 26.2. Membership
Said commission shall consist of at least seven (7) members of who are residents of Lyon County, Iowa, and qualified by knowledge or experience to act in matters pertaining to the development of the county’s comprehensive plan and ordinances. The seven (7) members shall not hold any elective office in county government.
Section 26.3. Terms of Office
The term of office of commission members shall be five (5) years. The staggered terms of not more than one-third (1/3) of the members will expire in any one year. A vacancy exists when a member retires, dies, resigns, is removed from the commission, is otherwise physically unable to perform the duties of office, or their term of office expires. Members may be removed for cause after notice and opportunity for hearing. The board of supervisors may also remove a member for three consecutive absences.