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County to consider special events permit

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Department (P&Z) has written new code for landowners hosting special events. Up to 12 temporary outdoor activities, like music festivals, theatrical exhibitions, speeches or other entertainment, will be allowed per calendar year on properties zoned Agricultural, Residential, and split Ag/Residential.
The new permitting process places burden on the applicant to publish their schedule before receiving a Multiple Special Events permit.
The new permit also requires that permanent structures used during the events have occupancy permits or are inspected by the county for safe occupancy during the events.
The Board of Supervisors will review the new code at their meeting on Jan. 12.