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JoCo 2.0—Sustaining Success Through 2028 will update the current land use plan for the unincorporated areas (that is, land areas not within any city boundaries) and more fully address agriculture and natural resources, economic development, housing, public infrastructure, natural hazards, and sustainability.  Visit to learn why a comprehensive plan is valuable and to get updates on the process and scheduled meetings and activities (see project schedule at the website).

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Department Services and Responsibilities
  • Guide development of rural areas of the county
  • Assist county residents in ensuring their plans meet ordinance requirements
  • Uphold the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (rules for how and where certain buildings can be constructed in unincorporated areas)
  • Process applications for building permits and conduct site inspections
  • Incorporate sustainability into development and County operations, including stormwater management and energy efficiency
  • Support and advance local food systems
  • Maintain a planning process that reflects the evolving needs of Johnson County

Contact Information

e-mail: Josh Busard, Director
Planning & Development Phone: (319) 356-6083
Building Services Phone: (319) 356-6085
Fax: (319) 356-6084

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Johnson County Administration Building
Planning, Development and Sustainability
913 S Dubuque Street
Suite 204
Iowa City IA 52240

Map It Bus Route
(Lakeside or Broadway bus routes)

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Josh Busard, Director
Josh Busard, Director

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