Kossuth County Planning and Zoning

Engineer's Office

114 W. State Street | Algona , IA 50511 | Phone: (515) 295-3320 | Fax: (515) 295-4973

Office Hours: 7:30 am to 4 pm, Mon.-Fri.

2020-02: Special Use Permit Request


Public notice is hereby given that Jason Hallberg, Buffalo Center, Iowa, has requested the
Kossuth County Board of Adjustment to authorize the operation of a live consignment auctions
on his building site located in the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter Section 16,
T100N, R27W of the 5th P.M., Hebron Township. A more specific description of the property is
Parcel A of the Survey recorded in Document 2020-666.
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2020-03: APPLICATION FOR VARIANCE

Public notice is hereby given that an application to the Kossuth County Board of

Adjustment has been submitted by Gary Lass, Solar FX on behalf of Gold Eagle
Cooperative. The application is requesting a variance to the zoning ordinance for
property located in an A-1 agricultural zone. The variance would permit a reduction to
the minimum setback requirement to allow for the construction of solar energy array.
The zoning ordinance specifies the minimum front yard setback to be 60 feet minimum in
an A-1 agricultural zone. The applicant is requesting the minimum setback be reduced to
50 feet from the south road B14 and 10 feet from the west road P66.
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2020-04: Application For Variance

Public notice is hereby given that an application to the Kossuth County Board of Adjustment has

been submitted by Mike Gabor, Algona, Iowa. The application is requesting a variance to the zoning
ordinance for property located in an A-1 agricultural zone. The variance would permit a reduction to the
minimum area requirement to allow for the sale of an acreage. The zoning ordinance specifies the
minimum area to be 5.0 acres in an A-1 agricultural zone. The applicant is requesting the minimum area be
reduced to 3.56 acres.
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Kossuth County Planning and Zoning is responsible for Land Use Regulation in the unincorporated areas in Kossuth County. The County, through its Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision regulations and Flood Plain Management Ordinance, is able to regulate all non-farm uses and construction in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Kossuth County Planning and Zoning Commission is made up of five citizens appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members serve 5 year terms and the majority live in the unincorporated areas of the County. The Commission serves in an advisory role to the Board, reviewing and making recommendations on implementation and updating of the Master Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance. This includes the zoning and rezoning of land and subdivisions in the unincorporated Kossuth County.

The Kossuth County Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board made up of five citizens appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, with the majority residing in the unincorporated area of the county. Members serve a 5 year term. The Board reviews and makes the final decision on appeals, which are questions between an applicant and the zoning administrator as to the proper interpretation of the zoning ordinance. They also decide on applications for special expectations as specifically provided in the Zoning Ordinance. The Board may authorize variances in the application of the ordinance where there are unusual circumstances that would otherwise result in unnecessary hardship (physical, not economic) to a particular parcel of land if the ordinance is literally enforced, and the variance would not be contrary to the public interest.

Each board does not met on a regular basis. A meeting will be scheduled whenever an appeal is filed with either the Board of Adjustment or the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Kossuth County Zoning Administrator

Doug Miller  

Department Staff