Planning, Development and Sustainability

Members of the public are invited to take an online survey seeking input on priorities and key issues for the Johnson County 2018 Comprehensive Plan update. The survey is available in four languages (Arabic, English, French and Spanish) at (Direct links to each survey are also provided at the end of this news release.) Responses will be accepted until Nov. 15.

Anyone who needs a paper copy of the survey can get one in person at the Johnson County Planning, Development and Sustainability Department on the second floor of the Administration Building located at 913 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City until Oct. 27. The office will then be closed to in-person visits Oct. 30-31 due to a temporary move, and will open again beginning Nov. 1 on the third floor of the nearby Health and Human Services Building at 855 S. Dubuque St.

In addition to providing the surveys, Johnson County has already offered two drop-in input sessions, with a third and final session to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at The Midnight Gem located at 2613 Ders Drive NW near Swisher.

There will be additional opportunities for public input at meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Those meeting times, dates and locations will be officially announced as well as posted at

The plan was adopted in 2018 with the intention that there would be a review after five years.

The current plan, as amended through May 5, 2022, can be accessed online in English at A printed copy of the plan is available for viewing at the PDS Department.

The Comprehensive Plan identifies where and how land use changes might occur in the unincorporated area of Johnson County. The unincorporated area includes rural areas and villages but does not include the cities. The plan addresses important topics such as land use, housing, economic development, transportation, natural resources, sustainability and quality of life. The plan also guides collaborations with cities and other partners and helps create policy so that change happens in a way that best considers the needs of the county, its residents and the environment.   


Survey in English

Enquête en français

بالعربية    استبيان

Encuesta en español

For more information, contact PDS at 319-356-6083 or [email protected].