Iowa legislature open for business

The session opened last Monday, and with it began what has come to be an annual attempt to repeal the Smart Planning Act.  HF11 would repeal the 10 smart planning principles, the 13 recommended elements of a comprehensive plan, and all references thereto scattered throughout the code.

The only other development-related activity worth noting at this point is HSB9, which would allow cities to regulate and restrict the occupancy of residential rental property on the basis of square footage, but also prohibit any regulation related to the occupancy of residential rental property based upon the familial or nonfamilial relationships of occupants.

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