With HF66 the Iowa House has joined in the anti-Agenda 21 movement making its way across the country. The bill would prohibit the state of Iowa or any of its political subdivisions from implementing or financially supporting the implementation of Agenda 21 if that implementation would infringe or restrict private property rights without also providing due process of law (the legal mechanisms now in place that accomplish the same objective are called the Takings and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. and Iowa Constitutions). Subsection two of the bill would not allow cities or counties (or other political subdivisions of the state) to “expend any moneys, or receive moneys for contracting services, or provide or receive financial aid to or from those nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations as defined in Agenda 21.” Presumably this is directed toward preventing cities and counties from membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) – Local Governments for Sustainability.
We held a session on the anti-Agenda 21 movement – what it is; where it came from; what is going on in other states – at the APA-Iowa Annual Conference. We will be putting a short article on the topic in the upcoming APA-Iowa Newsletter and posting it here at the same time.
SF25 would require the City Development Board to approve a voluntary annexation by 4/5-majority if the county board of supervisors has stated an objection to the annexation. It also would require any voluntary severance to be approved by a resolution of the county board of supervisors or by the city development board in order to become valid, and would require the city development board to take into account each adopted city or county comprehensive plan that is or will be applicable to the territory, any applicable zoning ordinance for the territory, the stated reasons for the voluntary severance, and any other factors deemed relevant by the board.
SF24 would require the holder of an NPDES non-stormwater permit to post a sign at the site.
SF23 would remove the exemption for farm houses from building codes and county zoning codes.