Oehl v. Amana Colonies

Iowa Court of Appeals, Nos. 3-1154/13-0328, March 26, 2014: Certiorari exclusive remedy for project permit approval in historic district.

A permit (COA) is required for certain exterior construction in the historic districts of the unincorporated villages known as Amana Colonies. The permit decision is made by the Amana Colonies Land Use District Board of Trustees (Board). The [...]

Ely v City Council of The City of Ames

Iowa Court of Appeals of Iowa, No. 0-317 / 09-1424, June 30, 2010: Upholds a trial court decision that a historic landmark zoning designation of property adjacent to the appellant’s property did not did not violate constitutional due process or equal protection clauses and was not illegal spot zoning. The City Council rezoned the individual [...]

USDA: $175M in Funding for Wetlands Reserve Program

USDA announced May 14, 2010, that $175 million in funding is available for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Wetlands Reserve Program. USDA says that funding will add 75,000 additional acres to the approximately 2.2 million acres currently enrolled in the program. The funding will go to wetland conservation projects in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, [...]