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Land use controls in Iowa, as in other states, exist in a variety of forms. Both the substance and structure of these controls continually change to meet the needs of a developing society. Recent and rapid technological growth, together with the spread of population, indicate that there is a growing interdependence between land use and land users. As a result of this interdependence and the complex nature of our technological and economic environment, the number of governmental regulations is increasing rapidly. This Article will focus on the two predominant governmental controls utilized in Iowa-zoning and planning. Next, the Article will examine the existing body of land use law in Iowa. Finally, current legislative land use proposals will be examined.

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