Gary Taylor  JD

Gary Taylor JD

Professor, Community and Regional Planning
Extension Specialist, Community and Regional Planning



Campus Office: 286 Design

Mailing Address
Community and Regional Planning Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


Research Interests

Land-use law; state and local regulation of the development process; hazard mitigation planning and floodplain regulation; intergovernmental cooperation and contracting; the mediation of land-use disputes.

Current Projects

Currently updating the Iowa Land Use Planning Notebook (authored in 2007).


BS, Marketing, Northwest Missouri State University

JD, University of Nebraska College of Law

MCRP, Iowa State University

AICP-certified since 2006

Selected Publications

  • IEDA site visit team
  • IEDA grant reviewer
  • Governor's Empower Rural Iowa Taskforce
  • Director
  • Director
  • Book chapter
  • Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials.
  • Faculty Senator
  • North Central Cooperative Extension Association Metropolitan Food Systems Symposium.
  • Smart Planning for Small and Mid-Sized Communities
  • College Liaison Council member
  • Improving Public Participation in Hazard Mitigation Planning.
  • When Urban Agriculture Meets the Michigan Right to Farm Act, the Pig’s in the Parlor.
  • Investigation of the Impact of Rural Development on Iowa’s Secondary Roads.
  • Metropolitan Food Systems Symposium
  • Urban Extension Roundtable.
  • Smart Planning-related presentations
  • Iowa Planning and Zoning Law.
  • Planning Law Update.
  • Restricted Residence Districts Zoning Options.
  • Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials.
  • Iowa Smart Planning Legislation.
  • CRP 592 - Land Use and Development Regulation Law
  • Guest Editorial - Des Moines Register
  • Iowa Public News Service interview.
  • Interview in American Planning Association "Planning" magazine
  • Understanding the Iowa Smart Planning Legislation.
  • Highlights of the Iowa Smart Planning Legislation.
  • What Does Smart Planning Mean for Iowa Cities?
  • The Midwest Planning BLUZ: ISU Extension’s Blog on Land Use and Zoning.
  • Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Community Engagement Academy for University Leaders.
  • City of Ames Zoning Board of Adjustment member
  • Iowa Smart Planning Taskforce,
  • APA-Iowa Executive Board Member and Professional Development Officer