Defining the Future of Oskaloosa

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 recommendations and decisions. 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.  An update of this plan is now underway.

Plan Osky Comprehensive Plan & Zoning C3B PlanOsky-Logotype-Alt-Blueode Update

The City Council has programmed funds for fiscal years 2021-2023 to update Oskaloosa's 2000 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.  This project, called Plan Osky, kicked off in September 2021.  Community input will be needed to help guide this planning process.

Check out the project documents linked below to stay informed and visit the project website at to learn more, share, and get involved!

Project Advisory Committee

We would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their ongoing time, talents, and contributions as part of the PlanOsky advisory committee:

Brant Bollman
Joe Caligiuri
Tom Flaherty
Katie Johnston
Andy McGuire
Scott Moore
Linda Russell
Lindsey Thomas
Molly Walker

Plan Osky Project Documents