Planning provides a vision for a community now and in the future in order to maximize residents' health, safety, and economic well-being. Successful planning is inclusive and reflects the comprehensive values of the entire community.
The Development Services Department works with residents and elected officials to guide development by making sound land use decisions and recommendations. These actions are based on a broad viewpoint and adopted plans, codes, and policies resulting from the planning process.
In Iowa and most other states, cities may not adopt zoning and other land use ordinances without first adopting a comprehensive development plan. "The Oskaloosa Plan", the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Oskaloosa, was adopted March 6, 2000. This Plan utilized the planning process to engage citizens to establish visions and goals for Oskaloosa's 20-year future.