Planning & Zoning

The Zoning office is responsible for the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance is the tool utilized to implement the County's Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to provide a program for the orderly and efficient growth and development of Woodbury County. The Plan is concerned with the effective use of land, structures and open space, both public and private, to make Woodbury County a desirable place in which to live and work.

The Zoning office is where you can obtain applications for building permits, variances, conditional use permits, rezonings, and subdivisions. Filing fees vary for these applications.

The studies used to prepare the Comprehensive Plan for the unincorporated area of Woodbury County include analysis of population trends and characteristics, economic factors, existing use of land and structures, public utilities and roads, recreational and educational facilities and the financial condition of the County.

The formulation and development of the Plan was guided by land use goals and objectives. The first goal is to provide for the orderly growth and development of the County while encouraging the preservation of existing agricultural resources. The second objective is to provide for varied residential areas to serve the diverse housing needs of the County population. Another purpose is to promote sound economic growth through the proper allocation of land for agricultural, commercial and industrial development. An additional goal is to provide for an adequate transportation system for safe and efficient movement of goods and people is a goal. In addition, the intent is to preserve public and private open space including wooded areas, streams and floodplains recognizing these areas as resources to be conserved rather than developed. The final objective is to allocate sufficient land for parks and recreation to meet the needs of the present and future population.

Information About Current And Previous FEMA Flood Maps

Independent Study of Brown's Lake :  (See link at bottom of page)
Independent Study of Farmer's/Garretson Ditch: (See link at bottom of page)
LOMA Steps: (Click on attachment at bottom of page)
FEMA Meeting Video: (See link under Planning/Zoning Info bottom left on this page) 
Flood Insurance Study: (Click on attachment at bottom of page)
FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheet: (Click on attachment at bottom of page)
Recap of Approved LOMA Determination Letters Impacting Flood Plain Mapping: (Click
on attachment at bottom of this page) 
Go to 
to see if your home is in the current FEMA Floodzone.
Search for your parcel, use the MAP tab (top) and turn on the FEMA flood layers (left menu).