The purpose of the Zoning Ordinance is to insure sound land management and orderly development of the county. It regulates the types of uses with in each zoning district as well as the specific development standards for each zoning district, which control such details as height, size and use of buildings and lot sizes.
The Board of Adjustment has the exclusive power to order the issuance of variances to the land use Ordinances within the County. The Board of Adjustment also hears appeals of the zoning Administrator.
The Planning Commission considers the compliance of each request relative to Comprehensive Plan as a part of each decision or recommendation to the County Board. They also review and decide on minor preliminary plats, review major plats and amendments to the Development Code.