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Boards & Commissions

Planning & Zoning Commission

Rich Hocraffer (Chair), Beth Lyons, Tana Boyington, Bob Ott, Jan Bordwell

The City Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the council. The Commission members are residents of Clarion and do not hold an elected City office.  Each member serves a five-year term without compensation.

According to Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances, the Commission has and exercises all the powers and duties and privileges in establishing the City zoning regulations and other related matters and may from time to time recommend to the Council amendments, supplements, changes or modifications, all as provided by Chapter 414 of the Code of Iowa. All plans, plats, or re-plats of subdivision or re-subdivisions of land embraced in the City, laid out in lots or plats with the streets, alleys, or other portions of the same intended to be dedicated to the public in the City, shall first be submitted to the Commission and its recommendations obtained before approval by the Council.

Board of Adjustment

Gene Rosenbaum (Chair), Bob Chapman, Deborah Dean, Teresa Lancaster, Terry Hilpipre

The Board of Adjustment consists of five members appointed by the Council for five-year terms. The Board hears and decides appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the enforcement of Zoning Regulations.  The Board also authorizes upon appeal in specific cases a Variance according to Chapter 165 of the Code of Ordinances (Zoning Regulations) as will not be contrary to the public interest where, owing to the special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of Chapter 165 would result in unnecessary hardship.


A variance shall not be granted by the Board of Adjustment unless and until:

  • A written application for a variance is submitted demonstrating: (1) Special conditions and circumstances exist which are peculiar to the land, structure, or building involved and which are not applicable to other lands, structures, or buildings in the same district; (2) Literal interpretation of the provisions of Chapter 165 would deprive the applicant of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same district under the terms of this chapter; (3) The special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant; (4) Granting the variance requested will not confer on the applicant any special privilege that is denied by this chapter to other lands, structures, or buildings in the same district.  No nonconforming use of neighboring lands, structures, or buildings in the same district, and no permitted use of land, structures or buildings in other districts shall be considered grounds for the issuance of a variance.

  • A public hearing shall be held, with the notice of such hearing being provided according to State statute.  If feasible, notice of the public hearing shall be mailed to property owners within 200 feet of the proposed variance.

  • The Board of Adjustment shall further make a finding that the reasons set forth in the application justify the granting of the variance, and that the variance is the minimum variance that will make possible the reasonable use of the land, building, or structure.

  • The Board of Adjustment shall further make a finding that the granting of the variance will be in harmony with the general purpose and intent of this chapter, and will not be injurious to the neighborhood, or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare.

  • The application for a variance shall be accompanied by a fee to be determined by resolution of the Council.

  • In granting any variance, the Board of Adjustment may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards in conformity with this chapter. Violations of such conditions and safeguards, when made a part of the terms under which the variance is granted, shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.

In exercising the above mentioned powers, the Board of Adjustment may, so long as such action is in conformity with the terms of Chapter 165, reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirements, decision, or determination as ought to be made and to that end shall have powers of the Administrative Officer from whom the appeal is taken. The concurring vote of three (3) members of the Board shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision, or determination of the Administrative Officer, or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter upon which it is required to pass under Chapter 165, or to affect any variation in application of this chapter.

Appeals from the Board of Adjustment.  Any person, board, taxpayer, department, or bureau of the community aggrieved by any decision of the Board of Adjustment may seek review of such decision of the Board of Adjustment by a court of record in the manner provided by Chapter 414, Code of Iowa.  The Council may vote to delay a decision of the Board of Adjustment for a 30-day period, but such vote may not overrule a decision of the Board of Adjustment.  During the 30-day delay the Board of Adjustment may – or may not – review its previous decision.

Library Board of Trustees

Tom Gangestad (President), Chad Chapman, Pam Berry, Cindy Riley, Belva German

The Morgan Everts library doubled its size in 2009 in order to facilitate learning, sharing and creating in our community.  The additional space included a meeting room, programming room, and a local history area.  Great care was taken to insure a seamless integration between the historic 1907 building and the addition.

Park Board

Greg Littlejohn (Chair), Gene Rosenbaum, Alison Friesleben, Linda Klehm,

The Park Board advises the Council on the needed facilities to provide open space such as parks, playgrounds, and similar community facilities.  The board consists of six members, all residents of the City, appointed by the Mayor with approval of the Council, for overlapping terms of three years.  The members serve without compensation.  The board advises the Council over the properties devoted to parks, subject to the limitations of expenditures set forth in the annual budget provided by the Council for park operations.

Hospital Board of Commissioners

Todd Foss, Ken Stoakes, Sue Martin, Katie Stecher, Jerry Boyington, Lisa Hagie, Judy Ritter

Pursuant to an election held March 25, 1946, the Community Memorial Hospital (now Iowa Specialty Hospital) was created under Chapter 37 of the Code of Iowa and authorized to operate as an instrumentality of the City as provided for by the laws of the State.  It consists of five to seven members, who are residents of Wright County, appointed by the Council. Appointments to the Board are for three years.  The Board has and exercises all of the powers and duties necessary for the management, control, and government of the City's hospital.  

The Hospital Board of Commissioners also serves as the governing body of the Senior Housing System of Clarion.

The information placed on this website is intended to be accurate, however official copies of the public record are kept at City Hall, 121 1st St SW, Clarion, IA, 50525.  Please email if you discover any errors or omissions on this page, and thank you for staying informed.

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