Land Use

Duties & Responsibility

The Land Use Administrator is responsible for the current and future land uses in all unincorporated areas of Des Moines County. Every three to five years the zoning commission reviews the Comprehensive Plan that was written for Des Moines County. They will decide if there are any modifications to the plan, once they review the plan they send it to the Board of Supervisors for approval. This plan is what the Land Use Administrator uses to determine the following for Des Moines County:

  • Planning
  • Zoning Ordinance (2-mile radius around the City of Burlington)
  • Flood Plain Ordinance (all of Des Moines County)
  • Subdivision Ordinance (all of Des Moines County)
  • Issuing Floodplain & Zoning Permits

Land Use Documents

The following are documents on the Land Use Ordinances that apply to Des Moines County or areas within Des Moines County:

  • The Zoning Ordinance apply to a two mile radius around the City of Burlington
  • The Flood Plain Ordinance apply to all of Des Moines County
  • The Subdivision Ordinance apply to all of Des Moines County


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Iowa DNR is updating Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for portions of Des Moines County.  On October 23th they will host an Open House to present preliminary floodplain maps to Des Moines County citizens.  The meeting will be held at the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, 211 N. Gear Ave, West Burlington, on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  This meeting is open to the public.  Below you will find a link to the completed Flood Insurance Study and a link to the county GIS site where you can view the changes to the floodplain maps.

  • Flood Insurance Study
  • Des Moines County GIS Website 
    • (Under the ‘Layers’ tab, the current effective floodplains are in the layer called ‘Flood Zones – Effective’, and the new preliminary floodplains are in the layer called ‘Preliminary Flood Zones (2018)’.)