CHAPTER 303 DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
303.1 DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
303.1A DIRECTOR'S DUTIES.
303.2 DIVISION RESPONSIBILITIES.
303.3 CULTURAL GRANT PROGRAMS.
303.3A ARTS AND CULTURAL CONFERENCES AND CAUCUSES.
303.3B CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS.
303.3C IOWA GREAT PLACES PROGRAM.
303.3D IOWA GREAT PLACES PROGRAM FUND.
303.3E CULTURE, HISTORY, AND ARTS TEAMS PROGRAM.
303.4 STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF IOWA -- BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
303.5 POWERS AND DUTIES OF STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ADMINISTRATOR.
303.6 OFFICERS -- MEETINGS.
303.7 MEMBERSHIP IN STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
303.8 POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD AND DIVISION.
303.9 FUNDS RECEIVED BY DEPARTMENT.
303.9A IOWA HERITAGE FUND.
303.10 ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF MONEY GRANTS.
303.11 GIFTS.
303.12 THROUGH 303.15
303.16 HISTORICAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
303.17 IOWA STUDIES -- FINDINGS -- CURRICULUM -- COMMITTEE.
303.19 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE.
303.20 DEFINITIONS.
303.21 PETITION.
303.22 ACTION BY DEPARTMENT.
303.23 REFERENDUM.
303.24 NOTICE.
303.25 VOTING.
303.26 COMMISSION.
303.27 CONTROLS.
303.28 INTERIOR.
303.29 USE OF STRUCTURES.
303.30 PROCEDURES.
303.31 ACTION BY COMMISSION.
303.32 ORDINARY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR.
303.33 TERMINATION OF DISTRICT.
303.34 AREAS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.
303.35 THROUGH 303.40
303.41 ELIGIBILITY AND PURPOSE.
303.42 PETITION.
303.43 JURISDICTION -- DECISIONS -- RECORDS.
303.44 DATE AND NOTICE OF HEARING.
303.45 HEARING OF PETITION AND ORDER.
303.46 NOTICE OF ELECTION.
303.47 ELECTION.
303.48 EXPENSES AND COSTS OF ELECTION.
303.49 ELECTION OF TRUSTEES -- TERMS -- VACANCIES.
303.50 TRUSTEE'S BOND.
303.51 LAND USE DISTRICT TO BE A BODY CORPORATE.
303.52 BOARD OF TRUSTEES -- POWERS AND DUTIES.
303.52A INCLUSION OR EXCLUSION OF LAND.
303.53 CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS.
303.54 BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.
303.55 MEMBERSHIP -- TERM -- COMPENSATION.
303.56 RULES.
303.57 APPEALS TO BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.
303.58 POWERS OF BOARD.
303.59 POWERS ON APPEAL.
303.60 VOTE REQUIRED.
303.61 PETITION TO COURT.
303.62 REVIEW BY COURT.
303.63 TRIAL TO COURT.
303.64 PRECEDENCE.
303.65 RESTRAINING ORDER.
303.66 TAXES -- POWER TO LEVY -- TAX SALES.
303.67 RECORDS AND DISBURSEMENTS.
303.68 CONFLICT WITH OTHER REGULATIONS.
303.69 THROUGH 303.74
303.75 THROUGH 303.85
303.86 ARTS COUNCIL.
303.87 DUTIES OF COUNCIL.
303.88 ADMINISTRATOR'S POWERS AND AUTHORITY.
303.89 STATE POET LAUREATE DESIGNATED -- NOMINATING COMMITTEE.
303.91 THROUGH 303.94



        

303.1 DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS. 1. The department of cultural affairs is created. The department is under the control of a director who shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate, and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. The salary of the director shall be set by the governor within a range set by the general assembly. 2. The department has primary responsibility for development of the state's interest in the areas of the arts, history, and other cultural matters. In fulfilling this responsibility, the department will be advised and assisted by the state historical society and its board of trustees, and the Iowa arts council. The department shall: a. Develop a comprehensive, coordinated, and efficient policy to preserve, research, interpret, and promote to the public an awareness and understanding of local, state, and regional history. b. Stimulate and encourage throughout the state the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. c. Implement tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the general assembly. d. Design a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa arts council to develop the arts in Iowa. The department is designated as the state agency for carrying out the plan. e. Encourage the use of volunteers throughout its divisions, especially for purposes of restoring books and manuscripts. 3. The department shall consist of the following: a. Historical division. b. Arts division. c. Other divisions created by rule. d. Administrative section. 4. The director may create, combine, eliminate, alter or reorganize the organization of the department by rule. 5. The department by rule may establish advisory groups necessary for the receipt of federal funds or grants or the administration of any of the department's programs. 6. The divisions shall be administered by administrators who shall be appointed by the director and serve at the director's pleasure. The administrators shall: a. Organize the activities of the division. b. Submit a biennial report to the governor on the activities and an evaluation of the division and its programs and policies. c. Control all property of the division. d. Perform other duties imposed by law. 7. The department may develop and implement fee-based educational programming opportunities, including preschool programs, related to arts, history, and other cultural matters for Iowans of all ages.

         Section History: Recent Form


         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1301
         C87, §303.1
         87 Acts, ch 211, § 3; 90 Acts, ch 1065, § 1; 91 Acts, ch 120, § 1;
      91 Acts, ch 157, § 9; 93 Acts, ch 48, § 48; 98 Acts, ch 1215, § 53;
      2007 Acts, ch 215, §104
         Referred to in § 7E.5, 303A.3
         Confirmation, see §2.32
        

303.1A DIRECTOR'S DUTIES. The duties of the director shall include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Adopt rules that are necessary for the effective administration of the department. 2. Direct and administer the programs and services of the department. 3. Prepare the departmental budget request by September first of each year on the forms furnished, and including the information required by the department of management. 4. Accept, receive, and administer grants or other funds or gifts from public or private agencies including the federal government for the various divisions and the department. 5. Appoint and approve the technical, professional, secretarial, and clerical staff necessary to accomplish the purposes of the department subject to chapter 8A, subchapter IV. 6. Administer the Iowa cultural trust as provided in chapter 303A and do all of the following: a. Develop and adopt by rule criteria for the issuance of trust fund credits by measuring the efforts of qualified organizations, as defined in section 303A.3, to increase their endowment or other resources for the promotion of the arts, history, or the sciences and humanities in Iowa. If the director determines that the organizations have increased the amount of their endowment and other resources, the director shall certify the amount of increase in the form of trust fund credits to the treasurer, who shall deposit in the Iowa cultural trust fund, from moneys received for purposes of the trust fund as provided in section 303A.4, subsection 2, an amount equal to the trust fund credits. If the amount of the trust fund credits issued by the director exceeds the amount of moneys available to be deposited in the trust fund as provided in section 303A.4, subsection 2, the outstanding trust fund credits shall not expire but shall be available to draw down additional moneys which become available to be deposited in the trust fund as provided in section 303A.4, subsection 2. b. Develop and implement, in accordance with chapter 303A, a grant application process for grants issued to qualified organizations as defined in section 303A.3. c. Develop and adopt by rule criteria for the approval of Iowa cultural trust grants. The criteria shall include, but shall not be limited to, the future stability and sustainability of a qualified organization. d. Compile, in consultation with the Iowa arts council and the state historical society of Iowa, a list of grant applications recommended for funding in accordance with the amount available for distribution as provided in section 303A.6, subsection 3. The list of recommended grant applications shall be submitted to the Iowa cultural trust board of trustees for approval. e. Monitor the allocation and use of grant moneys by qualified organizations to determine whether moneys are used in accordance with the provisions of this subsection and chapter 303A. The director shall annually submit the director's findings and recommendations in a report to the Iowa cultural trust board of trustees prior to final board action in approving grants for the next succeeding fiscal year. The director may appoint a member of the staff to be acting director who shall have the powers delegated by the director in the director's absence. The director may delegate the powers and duties of that office to the administrators.

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1302; 87 Acts, ch 211, § 4; 93 Acts, ch 48,
      §49; 2002 Acts, ch 1115, §1; 2003 Acts, ch 145, §235
         Referred to in § 303A.4, 303A.6
        

303.2 DIVISION RESPONSIBILITIES. 1. The administrative services section shall provide administrative, accounting, public relations and clerical services for the department, report to the director and perform other duties assigned to it by the director. 2. The historical division shall: a. Administer and care for historical sites under the authority of the division, and maintain collections within these buildings. (1) Except for the state board of regents, a state agency which owns, manages, or administers a historical site must enter into an agreement with the department of cultural affairs under chapter 28E to insure the proper management, maintenance, and development of the site. (2) For the purposes of this section, "historical site" is defined as any district, site, building, or structure listed on the national register of historic sites or identified as eligible for such status by the state historic preservation officer or that is identified according to established criteria by the state historic preservation officer as significant in national, state, and local history, architecture, engineering, archaeology, or culture. b. Encourage and assist local county and state organizations and museums devoted to historical purposes. c. Develop standards and criteria for the acquisition of historic properties and for the preservation, restoration, maintenance, operation, and interpretation of properties under the jurisdiction of the division. The administrator of the division shall serve as the state historic preservation officer, certified by the governor, pursuant to federal requirements. d. Administer the state archives and records program in accordance with chapter 305. e. Identify and document historic properties. f. Prepare and maintain a state register of historic places, including those listed on the national register of historic places. g. Conduct historic preservation activities pursuant to federal and state requirements. h. Publish matters of historical value to the public, and pursue historical, architectural, and archaeological research and development which may include but are not limited to continuing surveys, excavation, scientific recording, interpretation, and publication of the historical, architectural, archaeological, and cultural sites, buildings, and structures in the state. i. Buy or receive by other means historical materials including, but not limited to, artifacts, art, books, manuscripts, and images. Such materials are not personal property under sections 8A.321 and 8A.324 and shall be received and cared for under the rules of the department. The historical division may sell or otherwise dispose of those materials according to the rules of the department and be credited for any revenues credited by the disposal less the costs incurred. j. Administer the historical resource development program established in section 303.16. k. Administer, preserve, and interpret the battle flag collection assembled by the state in consultation and coordination with the department of veterans affairs and the department of administrative services. A portion of the battle flag collection shall be on display at the state capitol and the state historical building at all times, unless on loan approved by the department of cultural affairs. l. Establish, maintain, and administer a digital collection of historical manuscripts, documents, records, reports, images, and artifacts and make the collection available to the public through an online research center. 3. The arts division shall: a. Make surveys as deemed advisable of existing artistic and cultural programs and activities within the state, including but not limited to music, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, and allied arts and crafts. b. Submit a report to the governor and to the general assembly not later than ten calendar days following the commencement of each first session of the general assembly concerning the studies undertaken during the biennium and recommending legislation and other action as necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this subsection and subchapter VI of this chapter.

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1238, § 52; 86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1303
         C87, § 303.2
         87 Acts, ch 211, § 5; 90 Acts, ch 1065, § 2; 90 Acts, ch 1097, §
      1; 91 Acts, ch 157, § 10; 92 Acts, ch 1246, § 51; 93 Acts, ch 48, §
      50, 51; 98 Acts, ch 1017, § 2; 2001 Acts, ch 86, §1; 2002 Acts, ch
      1119, §39; 2003 Acts, ch 92, §3; 2003 Acts, ch 145, §236, 286; 2005
      Acts, ch 115, §30, 40; 2008 Acts, ch 1005, §1; 2008 Acts, ch 1057, §1

         Referred to in § 427.16
        

303.2A Repealed by 93 Acts, ch 48, § 55.

303.3 CULTURAL GRANT PROGRAMS. 1. The department shall establish a grant program for cities and nonprofit, tax-exempt community organizations for the development of community programs that provide local jobs for Iowa residents and also promote Iowa's historic, ethnic, and cultural heritages through the development of festivals, music, drama, cultural programs, or tourist attractions. A city or nonprofit, tax-exempt community organization may submit an application to the department for review. The department shall establish criteria for the review and approval of grant applications. The amount of a grant shall not exceed fifty percent of the cost of the community program. Each application shall include information demonstrating that the city or nonprofit, tax-exempt community organization will provide matching funds of fifty percent of the cost of the program. The matching funds requirement may be met by substituting in-kind services, based on the value of the services, for actual dollars. 2. The department shall establish a grant program which provides general operating budget support to major, multidisciplined cultural organizations which demonstrate cultural and managerial excellence on a continuing basis to the citizens of Iowa. Applicant organizations must be incorporated under chapter 504, be exempt from federal taxation, and not be attached or affiliated with an educational institution. Eligible organizations shall be operated on a year-round basis and employ at least one full-time, paid professional staff member. The department shall establish criteria for review and approval of grant applications. Criteria established shall include, but are not limited to, a matching funds requirement. The matching funds requirement shall permit an applicant to meet the matching requirement by demonstrating that the applicant's budget contains funds, other than state and federal funds, in excess of the grant award. 3. Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys committed to grantees under this section that remain unencumbered or unobligated on June 30 of the fiscal year for which the funds were appropriated shall not revert but shall be available for expenditure for the following fiscal year for the purposes of subsection 2.

         Section History: Recent Form

         90 Acts, ch 1272, § 77; 91 Acts, ch 120, § 2; 97 Acts, ch 212,
      §32; 2004 Acts, ch 1049, §191; 2004 Acts, ch 1175, §393
         Referred to in § 99F.11, 303.3B
        

303.3A ARTS AND CULTURAL CONFERENCES AND CAUCUSES. 1. For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply: a. "Arts" means music, dance, theater, opera and music theater, visual arts, literature, design arts, media arts, and folk and traditional arts. b. "Culture" or "cultural" means programs and activities which explore past and present human experience. c. "Department" means the department of cultural affairs. d. "Enhancement" means programs that allow arts and cultural organizations to improve or enhance the quality of programs currently offered, and increase and support professional and student artists and arts educators. e. "Outreach" means programs that increase rural access to cultural resources, social awareness, cultural diversity, and which serve special populations. 2. The department shall administer regional conferences and a statewide caucus on arts and cultural enhancement. The purpose of the conferences and caucus is to encourage the development of the arts and culture in the state by identifying opportunities for programs involving education, outreach, and enhancement; by reviewing possible changes in enhancement program policies, programs, and funding; and by making recommendations to the department regarding funding allocations and priorities for arts and cultural enhancement. 3. Every four years beginning in June 2001, the department shall convene a statewide caucus on arts and cultural enhancement. a. Prior to the statewide caucus, the department shall make arrangements to hold a conference in each of several regions of the state as determined by the Iowa arts council. The department shall promote attendance of interested persons at each conference. A designee of the department shall serve as temporary chairperson until persons attending the conference elect a chairperson. The department shall provide persons attending the conference with current information regarding cultural programs and expenditures. Persons attending the conference shall identify opportunities for programs in the areas of education, outreach, and enhancement, and make recommendations in the form of a resolution. The persons attending the conference shall elect six persons from among the attendees to serve as regional, voting delegates to the statewide caucus. The conference attendees shall elect a chairperson from among the six representatives. Other interested persons are encouraged to attend the statewide caucus as nonvoting attendees. b. The department shall charge a reasonable fee for attendance at the statewide caucus on arts and cultural enhancement. c. A designee of the department shall call the statewide caucus to order and serve as temporary chairperson until persons attending the caucus elect a chairperson. Persons attending the caucus shall discuss the recommendations of the regional conferences and decide upon recommendations to be made to the department and the general assembly. Elected chairpersons of the regional conferences shall meet with representatives of the department and present the recommendations of the caucus.

         Section History: Recent Form

         98 Acts, ch 1215, §54
        

303.3B CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS. 1. The department of cultural affairs shall establish and administer a cultural and entertainment district certification program. The program shall encourage the growth of communities through the development of areas within a city or county for public and private uses related to cultural and entertainment purposes. 2. A city or county may create and designate a cultural and entertainment district subject to certification by the department of cultural affairs, in consultation with the department of economic development. A cultural and entertainment district is encouraged to include a unique form of transportation within the district and for transportation between the district and recreational trails. A cultural and entertainment district certification shall remain in effect for ten years following the date of certification. Two or more cities or counties may apply jointly for certification of a district that extends across a common boundary. Through the adoption of administrative rules, the department of cultural affairs shall develop a certification application for use in the certification process. The provisions of this subsection relating to the adoption of administrative rules shall be construed narrowly. 3. The department of cultural affairs shall encourage development projects and activities located in certified cultural and entertainment districts through incentives under cultural grant programs pursuant to section 303.3, chapter 303A, and any other grant programs.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2005 Acts, ch 150, §19
         Referred to in § 15.274, 404A.4
        

303.3C IOWA GREAT PLACES PROGRAM. 1. a. The department of cultural affairs shall establish and administer an Iowa great places program for purposes of combining resources of state government in an effort to showcase the unique and authentic qualities of communities, regions, neighborhoods, and districts that make such places exceptional places to work and live. The department of cultural affairs shall provide administrative assistance to the Iowa great places board. The department of cultural affairs shall coordinate the efforts of the Iowa great places board with the efforts of state agencies participating in the program which shall include, but not be limited to, the department of economic development, the Iowa finance authority, the department of human rights, the department of natural resources, the state department of transportation, and the department of workforce development. b. The program shall combine resources from state government to capitalize on all of the following aspects of the chosen Iowa great places: (1) Arts and culture. (2) Historic fabric. (3) Architecture. (4) Natural environment. (5) Housing options. (6) Amenities. (7) Entrepreneurial incentive for business development. (8) Diversity. c. Initially, three Iowa great places projects shall be identified by the Iowa great places board. The board may identify additional Iowa great places for participation under the program when places develop dimensions and meet readiness criteria for participation under the program. d. The department of cultural affairs shall work in cooperation with the vision Iowa and community attraction and tourism programs for purposes of maximizing and leveraging moneys appropriated to identified Iowa great places. e. As a condition of receiving state funds, an identified Iowa great place shall present information to the board concerning the proposed activities and total financial needs of the project. f. The department of cultural affairs shall account for any funds appropriated from the endowment for Iowa's health restricted capitals fund for an identified Iowa great place. 2. a. The Iowa great places board is established consisting of twelve members. The board shall be located for administrative purposes within the department of cultural affairs and the director shall provide office space, staff assistance, and necessary supplies and equipment for the board. The director shall budget moneys to pay the compensation and expenses of the board. In performing its functions, the board is performing a public function on behalf of the state and is a public instrumentality of the state. b. The members of the board shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by the senate. At least one member shall be less than thirty years old on the date the member is appointed by the governor. The board shall include representatives of cities and counties, local government officials, cultural leaders, housing developers, business owners, and parks officials. c. The chairperson and vice chairperson shall be elected by the board members from the membership of the board. In the case of the absence or disability of the chairperson and vice chairperson, the members of the board shall elect a temporary chairperson by a majority vote of those members who are present and voting, provided a quorum is present. d. Members of the board shall be appointed to three-year staggered terms and the terms shall commence and end as provided in section 69.19. If a vacancy occurs, a successor shall be appointed in the same manner and subject to the same qualifications as the original appointment to serve the unexpired term. e. A majority of the members of the board constitutes a quorum. f. A member of the board shall abstain from voting on the provision of financial assistance to a project which is located in the county in which the member of the board resides. g. The members of the board are entitled to receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred while engaged in the performance of official duties. A board member may also be eligible to receive compensation as provided in section 7E.6. 3. The board shall do all of the following: a. Organize. b. Identify Iowa great places for purposes of receiving a package of resources under the program. c. Identify a combination of state resources which can be provided to Iowa great places. 4. Notwithstanding any restriction, requirement, or duty to the contrary, in considering an application for a grant, loan, or other financial or technical assistance for a project identified in an Iowa great places agreement developed pursuant to this section, a state agency shall give additional consideration or additional points in the application of rating or evaluation criteria to such applications. This subsection applies to applications filed within three years of the Iowa great places board's identification of the project for participation in the program.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2005 Acts, ch 150, §87; 2006 Acts, ch 1179, §51--53; 2007 Acts, ch
      43, §1, 2
         Referred to in § 15H.6, 303.3D, 404A.4
         Confirmation, see § 2.32
         Endowment for Iowa's health account, §12E.12
         Community attraction and tourism program, §15F.202
         Vision Iowa program, §15F.302
        

303.3D IOWA GREAT PLACES PROGRAM FUND. 1. An Iowa great places program fund is created under the authority of the department of cultural affairs. The fund shall consist of appropriations made to the fund and transfers of interest, earnings, and moneys from other funds as provided by law. Notwithstanding section 12C.7, subsection 2, interest or earnings on investments or time deposits of the moneys in the Iowa great places program fund shall be credited to the Iowa great places program fund. 2. Moneys appropriated for a fiscal year to the fund shall be used by the general assembly to fund capital infrastructure projects for identified Iowa great places through the Iowa great places program established in section 303.3C. Moneys appropriated for a fiscal year shall be available for a project identified in an Iowa great places agreement for a period of three years from the time the project is identified. 3. In awarding moneys the department of cultural affairs shall give consideration to the particular needs of each identified Iowa great place. 4. Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys credited to the great places program fund shall not revert to the fund from which appropriated but shall remain available for expenditure for the purposes designated for subsequent fiscal years.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2006 Acts, ch 1179, §54; 2008 Acts, ch 1179, §55
        

303.3E CULTURE, HISTORY, AND ARTS TEAMS PROGRAM. 1. The department of cultural affairs shall establish and administer a statewide program facilitating the promotion of culture, history, and arts in Iowa. The program's purpose shall be to encourage cooperation and collaboration among the various state and local organizations working in these areas to improve Iowa's quality of life. 2. The department shall implement the program by working with the local organizations to establish local committees. Each committee shall: a. Include representatives from local organizations dedicated to promoting culture, history, and arts. b. Gather and disseminate information on the cultural, historical, and arts opportunities in the regions. c. Enhance communication among the local organizations. d. Assist the staff members of local organizations in obtaining technical and professional training. 3. The department shall assist local organizations in the delivery of technical services, professional training, and programming opportunities by working with these committees.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2008 Acts, ch 1057, §2
        

303.4 STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF IOWA -- BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 1. A state historical society board of trustees is established consisting of twelve members selected as follows: a. Three members shall be elected by the members of the state historical society according to rules established by the board of trustees. b. The governor shall appoint one member from each of the state's congressional districts. c. The governor shall appoint four members from the state at large, at least one of whom shall be on the faculty of a college or university in the state engaged in a discipline related to the activities of the historical society. 2. The term of office of members of the board of trustees is three years beginning on July 1 and ending June 30. The terms of office of the governor's appointees are staggered terms of three years each, so that three members are appointed each year.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C73, § 1885, 1901; C97, § 2858, 2883; S13, § 2881-a; C24, 27, 31,
      35, § 4512--4514, 4543; C39, § 4541.01, 4541.02, 4543; C46, 50,
      54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, § 303.1, 303.2, 304.2; C75, 77, 79, 81, §
      303.1; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 2] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1305
         C87, § 303.4
         89 Acts, ch 78, § 1; 93 Acts, ch 18, § 1; 2005 Acts, ch 80, § 1
         Referred to in § 103A.41
        

303.5 POWERS AND DUTIES OF STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ADMINISTRATOR. The state historical society administrator may: 1. Make and sign any agreements and perform any acts which are necessary, desirable, or proper to carry out the purpose of the division. 2. Request and obtain assistance and data from any department, division, board, bureau, commission, or agency of the state. 3. Accept any federal funds granted, by act of Congress or by executive order, for all or any purposes of this subchapter.

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 78, §2
        

303.6 OFFICERS -- MEETINGS. The state historical society board of trustees shall annually elect a chairperson and vice chairperson from its membership. The board shall meet as often as deemed necessary, upon the call of the chairperson, or at the request of a majority of the members of the board. Members of the board are entitled to be reimbursed for actual expenses while engaged in their official duties. Members may also be eligible for compensation as provided in section 7E.6.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C75, 77, 79, 81, § 303.2; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 3] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1306
         C87, § 303.6
         Referred to in § 303A.5
         Compensation; see § 303.2, Code 1985, and § 7E.6(1)
        

303.7 MEMBERSHIP IN STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 1. The state historical society board of trustees shall recommend to the director rules for membership of the general public in the state historical society, including rules relating to membership fees. Members shall be persons who indicate an interest in the history, progress, and development of the state and who pay the prescribed fee. The members of the state historical society may meet at least one time per year to further the understanding of the history of this state. The members of the society shall not determine policy for the department of cultural affairs but may advise the director and perform functions to stimulate interest in the history of this state among the general public. The society may perform other activities related to history which are not contrary to this chapter. 2. As used in this chapter, "state historical society" means the state historical society of Iowa, an agency of the state which is part of the department of cultural affairs. It does not mean or include any private entity. 3. Unless designated otherwise, a gift, bequest, devise, endowment, or grant to or application for membership in the state historical society shall be presumed to be to or in the state historical society of Iowa. 4. Notwithstanding section 633.63, the board may enter into agreements authorizing nonprofit foundations acting solely for the support of the state historical society to administer its membership program and funds.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C73, § 1902; C97, § 2884; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 4544; C46,
      50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, § 304.3; C75, 77, 79, 81, § 303.3, 303.4;
      82 Acts, ch 1238, § 5] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         C83, § 303.4
         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1307
         C87, § 303.7
         89 Acts, ch 78, § 3
        

303.8 POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD AND DIVISION. 1. The state historical society board of trustees shall: a. Recommend to the state historical society a comprehensive, coordinated, and efficient policy to preserve, research, interpret, and promote to the public an awareness and understanding of local, state, and regional history. b. Make recommendations to the division administrator on historically related matters. c. Review and recommend to the director or the director's designee policy decisions regarding the division. d. Recommend to the state historic preservation officer for approval the state preservation plan. e. Perform other functions prescribed by law to further historically related matters in the state. 2. The department shall: a. Have authority to acquire by fee simple title historic properties by gift, purchase, devise, or bequest; preserve, restore, transfer, and administer historic properties; and charge reasonable admission to historic properties. b. Maintain research centers in Des Moines and Iowa City.

        bsp;Section History: Early Form


         [C73, § 1902; C97, § 2858, 2884; S13, § 2881-a; C24, 27, 31, 35, §
      4515--4517, 4544; C39, § 4541.03, 4544; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66,
      71, 73, § 303.3, 304.3; C75, 77, 79, 81, § 303.4, 303.5; 82 Acts, ch
      1238, § 7] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         C83, § 303.6
         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1309
         C87, § 303.8
         89 Acts, ch 78, §4
        

303.9 FUNDS RECEIVED BY DEPARTMENT. 1. All funds received by the department, including but not limited to gifts, endowments, funds from the sale of memberships in the state historical society, funds from the sale of mementos and other items relating to Iowa history as authorized under subsection 2, interest generated by the life membership trust fund, and fees, shall be credited to the account of the department and are appropriated to the department to be invested or used for programs and purposes under the authority of the department. Interest earned on funds credited to the department, except funds appropriated to the department from the general fund of the state, shall be credited to the department. Section 8.33 does not apply to funds credited to the department under this section. 2. The department may sell mementos and other items relating to Iowa history and historic sites on the premises of property under control of the department and at the state capitol. Notwithstanding sections 8A.321 and 8A.327, the department may directly and independently enter into rental and lease agreements with private vendors for the purpose of selling mementos. All fees and income produced by the sales and rental or lease agreements shall be credited to the account of the department. The mementos and other items sold by the department or vendors under this subsection are exempt from section 8A.311. 3. Notwithstanding section 633.63, the board may authorize nonprofit foundations acting solely for the support of the state historical society of Iowa to accept and administer trusts deemed by the board to be beneficial to the division's operations. The board and the foundation may act as trustees in such instances.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C75, 77, 79, 81, § 303.9; 81 Acts, ch 10, § 11; 82 Acts, ch 1238,
      § 8] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1244, § 36; 88 Acts, ch 1284, §8; 89 Acts, ch 78, §5;
      2003 Acts, ch 145, §237; 2003 Acts, 1st Ex, ch 2, §160, 205
         Referred to in § 216A.121
        

303.9A IOWA HERITAGE FUND. 1. An Iowa heritage fund is created in the state treasury to be administered by the state historical society. The fund shall consist of all moneys allocated to the fund by the treasurer of state. 2. Moneys in the fund shall be used in accordance with the following: a. Ninety percent shall be retained by the state historical society and used to maintain and expand Iowa's history curriculum, to provide teacher training in Iowa history, and to support museum exhibits, historic sites, and adult education programs. b. Five percent shall be retained by the state historical society to be used for start-up costs for the one hundred seventy-fifth and two hundredth anniversaries of Iowa statehood. c. Five percent shall be retained by the state historical society to be used for the promotion of the sale of the Iowa heritage registration plate issued under section 321.34.

         Section History: Recent Form

         96 Acts, ch 1088, §2; 2001 Acts, ch 144, §1; 2008 Acts, ch 1005,
      §2
         Referred to in § 321.34
        

303.10 ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF MONEY GRANTS. All federal grants to and the federal receipts of the agencies receiving funds under this chapter are appropriated for the purpose set forth in the federal grants or receipts.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C75, 77, 79, 81, § 303.10]
        

303.11 GIFTS. The division may accept gifts and bequests which shall be used in accordance with the desires of the donor if expressed. Funds contained in an endowment fund for either the department of history and archives or the state historical society existing on July 1, 1974, remain an endowment of the division. Gifts shall be accepted only on behalf of the division, and gifts to a part, branch, or section of the division are presumed to be gifts to the division. If publication of a book is financed by the endowment fund, this chapter does not prevent the return of moneys from sales of the book to the endowment fund.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C24, 27, 31, 35, § 4526, 4527; C39, § 4541.07, 4541.08; C46,
      50, 54, 58, 62, § 303.7, 303.8; C66, 71, 73, § 303.7, 303.8, 304.13;
      C75, 77, 79, 81, § 303.11; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 9] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1244, § 37; 89 Acts, ch 78, §6
        

303.12 THROUGH 303.15 Repealed by 2003 Acts, ch 92, § 21. See chapter 305.

303.16 HISTORICAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. 1. The historical division shall administer a program of grants and loans for historical resource development throughout the state, subject to funds for such grants and loans being made available through the appropriations process or otherwise provided by law. 2. The purpose of the historical resource development program is to preserve, conserve, interpret, and enhance historical resources that will encourage and support the economic and cultural health and development of the state and the communities in which the resources are located. For this purpose, the division may make grants and loans as otherwise provided by law with funds as may be made available by applicable law. 3. The following persons are eligible to receive historical resource grants and loans: a. County and city governments. b. Nonprofit corporations. c. Private corporations and businesses. d. Individuals. e. State agencies. f. Governments and traditional tribal societies of recognized resident American Indian tribes in Iowa. g. Other units of government. 4. Grants and loans may be made for the following purposes: a. Acquisition and development of historical resources. b. Preservation and conservation of historical resources. c. Interpretation of historical resources. d. Professional training and educational programs on the acquisition, development, preservation, conservation, and interpretation of historical resources. 5. Grants and loans shall be awarded in each of the following categories: a. Museums. b. Documentary collections. c. Historic preservation. Not less than twenty percent and not more than sixty percent of the program's funds appropriated in one fiscal year shall be allocated to any single category. 6. Grants and loans are subject to the following restrictions: a. Not more than twenty percent of the total grant moneys combined shall be given to or received by state agencies and institutions, or their representatives or agents. b. A portion of the applicant's operating expenses may be used as a cash match or in-kind match as specified by the division's rules. c. Grant or loan funds shall not be used to support public relations or marketing expenses. d. Not more than one hundred thousand dollars or twenty percent of the annual appropriation, whichever is more, shall be granted and loaned to recipients within a single county in any given grant cycle. e. Not more than one hundred thousand dollars or ten percent of the annual appropriation, whichever is more, shall be granted and loaned to any single recipient or its agent within a single fiscal year. f. Grants under this program may be given only after review and recommendation by the state historical society board of trustees. The division may contract with lending institutions chartered in this state to act as agents for the administration of loans under the program, in which case, the lending institution may have the right of final approval of loans, subject to the division's administrative rules. If the division does not contract with a lending institution, loans may be made only after review and recommendation by the state historical society board of trustees. g. The division shall not award grants or loans to be used for goods or services obtained outside the state, unless the proposed recipient demonstrates that it is neither feasible nor prudent to obtain the goods or services within the state. h. Grant or loan funds shall not be awarded to a city or county government for a project in the historic preservation category unless the city or county government has been approved as a certified local government by the state historic preservation officer. 7. For each dollar of grant funds the following recipients must provide the following matching cash and in-kind resources: a. All units of government and nonprofit corporations, fifty cents, of which at least twenty-five cents must be in cash. b. For other private corporations and businesses, one dollar of which at least seventy-five cents must be in cash. c. For individuals, seventy-five cents of which at least fifty cents must be in cash. 8. The division may use ten percent of the annual appropriation to the division, but in no event more than seventy-five thousand dollars for administration of the grant and loan program. 9. a. The division may establish a historical resource grant and loan fund composed of any money appropriated by the general assembly for that purpose, funds allocated pursuant to section 455A.19, and of any other moneys available to and obtained or accepted by the division from the federal government or private sources for placement in that fund. Each loan made under this section shall be for a period not to exceed ten years, shall bear interest at a rate determined by the state historical board, and shall be repayable to the revolving loan fund in equal yearly installments due March 1 of each year the loan is in effect. The interest rate upon loans for which payment is delinquent shall accelerate immediately to the current legal usury limit. Applicants are eligible for not more than one hundred thousand dollars in loans outstanding at any time under this program. A single lending institution contracting with the division pursuant to this section shall not hold more than five hundred thousand dollars worth of outstanding loans under the program. Any applicant, who is otherwise eligible, who receives a direct or indirect appropriation from the general assembly for a project or portion of a project is ineligible for a historical resources development grant for that same project during the fiscal year for which the appropriation is made. For purposes of this paragraph, "project" includes any related activities, including, but not limited to, construction, restoration, supplies, equipment, consulting, or other services. b. The division may: (1) Contract and adopt administrative rules necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, but the division shall not in any manner directly or indirectly pledge the credit of the state of Iowa. (2) Authorize payment from the historical resource grant and loan fund, from fees and from any income received by investments of money in the fund for costs, commissions, attorney fees and other reasonable expenses related to and necessary for making and protecting direct loans under this section, and for the recovery of moneys loaned or the management of property acquired in connection with such loans. 10. a. The general assembly finds that the country school that served Iowa's educational needs for much of its history offered a unique opportunity to students and communities, providing for multigenerational attendance, high educational performance, a safe environment, a focus for community support, and a caring, attentive environment. b. A country schools historical resource preservation grant program is therefore established to be administered by the historical division for the preservation of one-room and two-room buildings once used as country schools. In developing grant approval criteria, the division shall place a priority on the educational uses planned for the country school building, which may include, but are not limited to, historical interpretation and use as a teaching museum or as an operational classroom accessible to a school district or accredited nonpublic school for provisional instructional purposes. c. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the amount of a grant shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars and applicants shall match grant funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis, of which at least one-half of the local match must be in cash.

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1238, § 54; 86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1314; 87 Acts, ch 17,
      §8; 89 Acts, ch 78, § 11, 12; 89 Acts, ch 236, § 12--14; 89 Acts, ch
      319, § 79; 90 Acts, ch 1097, § 2--8; 91 Acts, ch 73, §1--7; 99 Acts,
      ch 205, §44
         Referred to in § 303.2, 455A.19
        

303.17 IOWA STUDIES -- FINDINGS -- CURRICULUM -- COMMITTEE. 1. The general assembly finds that Iowa students should have an appreciation for Iowa through the study of Iowa's history and government, and Iowa citizens' long and distinguished record of civic responsibility. A fundamental need exists to provide Iowa's students with learning opportunities that assist the students in succeeding in society and confer upon them the ability to make their own valuable contributions to Iowa's history. 2. The department of cultural affairs shall develop an Iowa studies professional development plan that includes professional development materials and training measures to provide Iowa's teachers with effective ways to infuse Iowa studies into their classrooms. The materials developed shall include an active and innovative Iowa studies learning curriculum that may be integrated into the social studies requirements for Iowa's secondary school students at the discretion of each board of directors of a school district or the authorities in charge of each accredited nonpublic school. The curriculum shall include lesson plans covering Iowa history, civics, government, and heritage studies. The curriculum developed shall contain enough content for the creation of a course of at least one-half unit of credit. 3. a. The director of the department of cultural affairs shall establish an Iowa studies committee to do the following: (1) Work to inform Iowa's school districts, accredited nonpublic schools, and area education agencies of the Iowa studies professional development plan, including how to effectively utilize the curriculum developed pursuant to subsection 2. (2) Develop partnerships with organizations such as nonprofit history or humanities organizations, civic organizations, libraries, and the business community to support and promote Iowa studies statewide. (3) Establish evaluation criteria for the Iowa studies professional development plan, including but not limited to teacher and student evaluation and curriculum and plan effectiveness, which may include a survey of student participation in civic activities and involvement in the election process. (4) Develop a strategy and plan to allow for the implementation of the Iowa studies professional development plan and curriculum in a limited number of schools and area education agencies across the state. Participation by a school or area education agency shall be voluntary. However, a school or area education agency selected to participate in the plan shall agree to participate in the evaluation component conducted by the Iowa studies committee pursuant to subsection 4. b. The Iowa studies committee membership shall be comprised of the following: (1) The director of the department of cultural affairs or the director's designee. (2) The director of the department of education or the director's designee. (3) The secretary of state or the secretary's designee. (4) The state librarian or the state librarian's designee. (5) Additional persons knowledgeable in Iowa studies, who shall be appointed by the director of the department of cultural affairs and who shall include but not be limited to the following: (a) An employee of an area education agency. (b) An individual employed as an Iowa social studies teacher at a public school. (c) A faculty member of an institution of higher education governed by the state board of regents. (d) An individual employed by a community college. (e) A faculty member of an accredited private institution as defined in section 261.9. (f) A member of the Iowa council of social studies. (g) A curriculum specialist for a kindergarten through grade twelve public school district. (h) An employee of the public broadcasting division of the department of education. 4. The Iowa studies committee shall do all of the following: a. Conduct an evaluation of the Iowa studies professional development plan using the evaluation criteria established by the committee. b. Submit, for school years ending on or before June 30, 2009, an annual status report on the utilization of the Iowa studies professional development plan in Iowa's school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to the chairpersons and ranking members of the senate and house committees on education by January 15. The annual report shall include the number of schools utilizing the plan. c. Submit its findings and recommendations in a final report based upon the evaluation data compiled in accordance with subsection 3 to the chairpersons and ranking members of the senate and house committees on education by January 15, 2010. 5. This section is repealed effective July 1, 2010.

         Section History: Recent Form

         2006 Acts, ch 1047, §1
        

303.18 Repealed by 96 Acts, ch 1034, § 70; 96 Acts, ch 1215, § 56.

303.19 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 1. Establishment and purpose. A civil war sesquicentennial advisory committee is established within the historical division of the department of cultural affairs for the purpose of advising and assisting the division in its efforts to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Iowa's involvement in the American civil war. 2. Membership and qualifications. The committee shall consist of twenty members appointed by the administrator of the historical division. Each member shall be from an academic institution, a museum, or a civic organization or otherwise be someone with an interest in the preservation of Iowa's civil war heritage. Membership of the committee shall reflect multicultural diversity and shall be appointed pursuant to the requirements of sections 69.16 and 69.16A. Vacancies shall be filled by an appointment by the administrator of the historical division in the same manner as other appointments. 3. Expenses and reimbursement. The members of the committee are not entitled to receive per diem compensation but are entitled to receive reimbursement for actual expenses incurred while engaged in the performance of official duties. 4. Duties and authority. The committee shall, for the period beginning in 2010 and ending in 2016, advise and assist the historical division as it plans, coordinates, and implements activities and programs relating to the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Iowa's involvement in the American civil war. a. The activities and programs of the division may include but are not limited to creating interpretive and educational materials such as exhibitions, literature and films, planning and promoting special events, designing logos and advertising campaigns, and producing commemorative items and memorabilia. The division shall have the authority to sell or offer for sale any of the materials, or other goods or services produced pursuant to this section, notwithstanding section 23A.2. b. The division may hold copyrights or trademarks in the materials created during the commemoration, including but not limited to the interpretive materials and memorabilia it designs and produces. In addition, the division, at its discretion, may license the rights to the materials. For the purposes of this section, section 22.2 shall not be interpreted to prevent the division's exclusive ability to license the use, reproduction, or dissemination of the materials produced for the commemoration. c. The division may adopt, in consultation with the committee and pursuant to chapter 17A, any rules necessary for the licensing of materials created during the commemoration. 5. Dissolution. The committee shall complete its duties no later than June 30, 2017, but may complete its duties and dissolve itself prior to that date. 6. Repeal. This section is repealed June 30, 2017.

         >Section History: Recent Form

         2008 Acts, ch 1057, §3
        

303.20 DEFINITIONS. As used in this subchapter of this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires: 1. "Area of historical significance" means contiguous pieces of property of no greater area than one hundred sixty acres under diverse ownership which: a. Are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology and culture, and b. Possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, skill, feeling and association, and c. Are associated with events that have been a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history, or d. Are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past, or e. Embody the distinctive characteristics of a type; period; method of construction; represent the work of a master; possess high artistic values; represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction. f. Have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history. 2. "Commission" is the five-person body, elected by the registered voters in the historical preservation district from persons living in the district for the purpose of administering this subchapter of this chapter. 3. "District" means a historical preservation district established under this subchapter of this chapter. 4. "Department" means the department of cultural affairs. 5. "Exterior features" means the architectural style, general design and general arrangement of the exterior of a building or other structure, including the kind and texture of the building material and the type and style of all windows, doors, light fixtures, signs and other appurtenant fixtures. In the case of an outdoor advertising sign, "exterior features" means the style, material, size and location of the sign. 6. "Property owner" means an individual or corporation who is the owner of real estate for taxation purposes.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.20; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 14] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1315; 95 Acts, ch 67, §53
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34, 427.16
        

303.21 PETITION. Not less than ten percent of the eligible voters in an area of asserted historical significance may petition the department for a referendum for the establishment of a district. The petition shall contain a description of the property suggested for inclusion in the district and the reasons justifying the creation of the district.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.21; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 15] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         2001 Acts, ch 24, §45
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.22 ACTION BY DEPARTMENT. The department shall hold a hearing not less than thirty days or more than sixty days after the petition is received. The department shall publish notice of the hearing, at a reasonable time before the hearing is to take place, and shall post notice of the hearing in a reasonable number of places within the suggested district. The cost of notification shall be paid by the persons who petition for the establishment of a district. At the hearing the department shall hear interested persons, accept written presentations, and shall determine whether the suggested district is an area of historical significance which may properly be established as a historical preservation district pursuant to the provisions of this subchapter of this chapter. The department may determine the boundaries which shall be established for the district. The department shall not include property which is not included in the suggested district unless the owner of the property is given an opportunity to be heard. The department, if it determines that the suggested district meets the criteria for establishment as a historical preservation district, shall indicate the owners of the property and residents included and shall forward a list of owners and residents to the county commissioner of elections. If the department determines that the suggested district does not meet the criteria for establishment as a historical preservation district, it shall so notify the petitioners.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.22; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 16]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.23 REFERENDUM. Within thirty days after the receipt of the list of owners of property and residents within the suggested historical preservation district, the department shall fix a date not more than forty-five days from the receipt of the petition seeking a referendum on the question of establishment of a historical preservation district. The department, after consultation with the county commissioner of elections, shall specify the polling place within the suggested district that will best serve the convenience of the voters and shall appoint from residents of the proposed district three judges and two clerks of election.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.23; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 17]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.24 NOTICE. The department, after consultation with the county commissioner of elections, shall post notice of the referendum in a reasonable number of places within the suggested district a reasonable time before it is to take place. The notice shall state the purpose of the referendum, a description of the district, the date of the referendum, the location of the polling place, and the hours when the polls will open and close.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.24; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 18]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.25 VOTING. A person shall be qualified to vote at the referendum if such person is a registered voter of the area embraced by the proposed historic district. An historic preservation district is established if a majority of the persons voting at the referendum votes in favor of its establishment.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.25] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         94 Acts, ch 1169, §64
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.26 COMMISSION. At the same time the referendum is held, an election shall be held for the commission. Each voter at the referendum may write upon the ballot the names of not more than five persons who are eligible voters within the district to be members of the commission. The five persons receiving the highest number of votes shall constitute the commission. In the event one of the five receiving the highest number of votes elects not to serve on the commission, the person receiving the next highest number of votes shall serve. Of the initial commission the person receiving the highest number of votes shall receive a five-year term of office, the next highest a four-year term, the next highest a three-year term, the next highest a two-year term, and the fifth highest a one-year term. Thereafter, an election shall be held annually in the district to elect a member to a five-year term as each term expires. Vacancies in the commission occurring between elections shall be filled by the remaining members of the commission by majority vote. Should a majority of those voting vote not to establish the district, the election shall be void.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.26]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.27 CONTROLS. After the establishment of a district, an exterior portion of any building, exterior fixture, or other exterior structure, or any aboveground utility structure or any type of outdoor advertising sign shall not be erected, altered, restored, moved or demolished within such district until after an application for a certificate of appropriateness as to exterior features has been submitted to and approved by the commission.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.27]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.28 INTERIOR. The commission shall not consider or attempt to control the interior arrangement of any building in the district.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.28]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.29 USE OF STRUCTURES. No change in the use of any structure or property within a designated historical district shall be permitted until after an application for a certificate of appropriateness has been submitted to and approved by the commission. For purposes of this section "use" means the legal enjoyment of property that consists in its employment, exercise, or practice.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.29]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.30 PROCEDURES. Prior to issuance or denial of a certificate of appropriateness the commission shall take such action as may reasonably be required to inform persons likely to be materially affected by the application, and shall give the applicant and such persons an opportunity to be heard. In cases where the commission deems it necessary, it may hold a public hearing concerning the application. The commission shall vote upon any application for a certificate of appropriateness within sixty days after its submission to the commission. If the commission determines that the proposed construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, moving, demolition, or the change in use is appropriate, it shall forthwith approve such application and shall issue to the applicant a certificate of appropriateness. If the commission determines that the proposed construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, moving or demolition of buildings, structures, appurtenant fixtures, outdoor advertising signs or natural features, or the proposed change in use would be incongruous with the historical, architectural, archaeological or cultural aspects of the district, a certificate of appropriateness shall not be issued, and the commission shall place upon its records the reasons for such determination and shall notify the applicant of such determination, furnishing the applicant an attested copy of its reasons and its recommendations, if any, as appearing in the records of the commission. The commission may approve the application in any case where a person would suffer extreme hardship, not including loss of profit, unless the certificate of appropriateness was issued. Any applicant aggrieved by a determination of the commission may appeal to the district court for the county in which the land concerned is located within sixty days of the commission's action.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.30]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.31 ACTION BY COMMISSION. The commission shall take action to enjoin any attempts to construct, reconstruct, alter, restore, move, or demolish any exterior feature, or to change the use of the property within the district without a certificate of appropriateness.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.31]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.32 ORDINARY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR. Nothing in this subchapter of this chapter shall be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior feature in a district which does not involve a change in design, material or outer appearance, nor to prevent the construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration or demolition of any such feature which is required by public safety because of an unsafe or dangerous condition.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.32]
         Referred to in § 303.33, 303.34
        

303.33 TERMINATION OF DISTRICT. Two years after the establishment of a district, a referendum for the termination of the district shall be held if ten percent of the eligible voters in the district so request. If the registered voters, by a majority of those voting, favor termination, sections 303.20 through 303.32 will no longer have any effect on the property formerly included in the district. If an election is held to terminate a district under this section and such attempt fails, another referendum for termination of the district in question shall not take place for a period of two years.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C77, 79, 81, § 303.33] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         95 Acts, ch 67, §53; 96 Acts, ch 1034, §18
         Referred to in § 303.34
        

303.34 AREAS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. The provisions of sections 303.20 to 303.33 do not apply within the limits of a city. However, in order for a city to designate an area which is deemed to merit preservation as an area of historical significance, the following shall apply: 1. An area of historical significance shall be proposed by the governing body of the city on its own motion or upon the receipt by the governing body of a petition signed by residents of the city. The city shall submit a description of the proposed area of historical significance or the petition describing the proposed area, if the proposed area is a result of the receipt of a petition, to the historical division which shall determine if the proposed area meets the criteria in subsection 2 and may make recommendations concerning the proposed area. Any recommendations made by the division shall be made available by the city to the public for viewing during normal working hours at a city government place of public access. 2. A city shall not designate an area as an area of historical significance unless it contains contiguous pieces of property under diverse ownership which meets the criteria specified in section 303.20, subsection 1, paragraphs "a" to "f". 3. A city may provide by ordinance for the establishment of a commission to deal with matters involving areas of historical significance but shall provide by ordinance for such commission upon the enactment of the ordinance designating an area as an area of historical significance as required in subsection 4. Upon the establishment of the commission the city shall provide by ordinance for the method of appointment, the number, and terms, of members of the commission and for the duties and powers of the commission. The commission shall contain not less than three members. The members of the commission shall be appointed with due regard to proper representation of residents and property owners of the city and their relevant fields of knowledge including but not limited to history, urban planning, architecture, archaeology, law, and sociology. At least one resident of each designated area of historical significance shall be appointed to the commission. Cities with a population of more than fifty thousand shall not appoint more than one-third of the members to the commission of an area of historical significance that are members of a city zoning commission appointed pursuant to chapter 414. The commission shall have the power to approve or deny applications for proposed alterations to exterior features within an area designated as an area of historical significance. An aggrieved party may appeal the commission's action to the governing body of the city. If not satisfied by the decision of the governing body, the party may appeal within sixty days of the governing body's decision to the district court for the county in which the designated area is located. On appeal the governing body or the district court as the case may be shall consider whether the commission has exercised its powers and followed the guidelines established by the law and ordinance, and whether the commission's action was patently arbitrary or capricious. 4. An area shall be designated an area of historical significance upon enactment of an ordinance of the city. Before the ordinance or an amendment to it is enacted, the governing body of the city shall submit the ordinance or amendment to the historical division for its review and recommendations.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C81, § 303.34; 82 Acts, ch 1238, § 19] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         89 Acts, ch 145, § 1; 92 Acts, ch 1204, § 7
         Referred to in § 414.2, 427.16
        

303.35 THROUGH 303.40 Reserved.

303.41 ELIGIBILITY AND PURPOSE. A land use district shall not be created under this subchapter unless it is an area of contiguous territory encompassing twenty thousand acres or more of predominately rural and agricultural land owned by a single entity which has within its general boundaries at least seven platted villages which are not incorporated as municipalities at the time the district is organized. The eligible electors may create a land use district to conserve the distinctive historical and cultural character and peculiar suitability of the area for particular uses with a view to conserving the value of all existing and proposed structures and land and to preserve the quality of life of those citizens residing within the boundaries of the contiguous area by preserving its historical and cultural quality.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 1
         Referred to in § 303.48, 303.64
        

303.42 PETITION. Eligible electors residing within the limits of a proposed land use district equal in number to at least ten percent or more of the registered voters residing within the limits of a proposed land use district may file a petition in the office of the county auditor of the county in which the proposed land use district, or its major portion, is located, requesting that there be submitted to the registered voters of the proposed district the question of whether the territory within the boundaries of the proposed district shall be organized as a land use district under this subchapter. The petition shall be addressed to the board of supervisors of the county where it is filed and shall set forth the following: 1. An intelligible description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in the district. 2. The name of the proposed district. 3. That the territory to be embraced in the district has a distinctive historical and cultural character which might be preserved by the establishment of the district. 4. That the public welfare will be promoted by the establishment of the district. 5. The signatures of the petitioners.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 2; 2001 Acts, ch 56, §16
         Referred to in § 303.48, 303.64
        

303.43 JURISDICTION -- DECISIONS -- RECORDS. The board of supervisors of the county in which the proposed land use district, or its major portion, is located has jurisdiction of the proceedings on the petition as provided in this subchapter and the decision of a majority of the members of that board is necessary for adoption. All orders of the board made under this subchapter shall be spread at length upon the records of the proceedings of the board of supervisors, but need not be published.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 3
         Referred to in § 303.48, 303.64
        

303.44 DATE AND NOTICE OF HEARING. The board of supervisors to whom the petition is addressed, at its next regular, special, or adjourned meeting, shall set the time and place when it will meet for a hearing upon the petition, and direct the county auditor in whose office the petition is filed to cause notice to be given to all persons whom it may concern, without naming them, of the pendency and prayer of the petition, by publication of a notice once each week for two consecutive weeks in some newspaper of general circulation published in the proposed district. The last publication shall not be less than twenty days prior to the date set for the hearing of the petition. If no such newspaper is published in the proposed district, then notice shall be by posting at least five copies of the notice in the proposed district at least twenty days before the hearing. Proof of giving notice shall be made by affidavit of the publisher or affidavit of the person who posted the notices, and the proof shall be on file with the county auditor at the time the hearing begins. The notice of hearing shall be directed to all persons it may concern, and shall state the following: 1. That a petition has been filed with the county auditor of that county for establishment of a proposed land use district and the name of the proposed district. 2. An intelligible description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in the district. 3. The date, hour, and place where the petition will come on for hearing before the board of supervisors of the named county. 4. That the board of supervisors will fix and determine the boundaries of the proposed district as described in the petition, and at the hearing all interested persons shall have an opportunity to be heard regarding the location and boundaries of the proposed district and to make suggestions regarding it.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 4
         Referred to in § 303.45, 303.46, 303.48, 303.64
        

303.45 HEARING OF PETITION AND ORDER. The board of supervisors to whom the petition is addressed shall preside at the hearing provided for in section 303.44 and shall continue the hearing in session, with adjournments from day to day, if necessary, until completed, without being required to give any further notice of it. Proof of the residence and qualification of the petitioners as eligible electors shall be made by affidavit or otherwise as the board may direct. The board shall consider the boundaries of the proposed land use district, whether they shall be as described in the petition or otherwise, and for that purpose may alter and amend the petition and limit or change the boundaries of the proposed district as stated in the petition. The boundaries of a proposed district shall not be changed to include property not included in the original petition and published notice until the owner of that property is given notice as on the original hearing. All persons in the proposed district shall have an opportunity to be heard regarding the location and boundaries of the proposed district and to make suggestions regarding them. The board of supervisors, after hearing the statements, evidence, and suggestions made and offered at the hearing, shall enter an order fixing the boundaries of the proposed district and directing that an election be held for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters residing within the boundaries of the proposed district the question of organization and establishment of the proposed land use district as determined by the board of supervisors. The order shall fix a date for the election not more than sixty days after the date of the order, establish voting precincts within the proposed district and define their boundaries, and specify the polling places which in the board's judgment will best serve the convenience of the voters, and shall appoint from residents of the proposed district three judges and two clerks of election for each voting precinct established.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 5; 2001 Acts, ch 56, §17
         Referred to in § 303.48, 303.64
        

303.46 NOTICE OF ELECTION. In its order for the election the board of supervisors shall direct the county auditor to cause notice of the election to be given by posting at least five copies of the notice in public places in the proposed district at least twenty days before the date of election and by publication of the notice once each week for three consecutive weeks in some newspaper of general circulation published in the proposed district, or, if no such newspaper is published within the proposed district, then in such a newspaper published in the county in which the major part of the proposed district is located. The last publication is to be at least twenty days prior to the date of election. The notice shall state the time and place of holding the election and the hours when the polls will be open and closed, the purpose of the election, with the name of the proposed district and a description of its boundaries, and shall set forth briefly the limits of each voting precinct and the location of the polling places. Proof of posting and publication shall be made in the manner provided in section 303.44 and filed with the county auditor.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 6
         Referred to in § 303.48, 303.64
        

303.47 ELECTION. Each registered voter residing within the proposed district may cast a ballot at the election and a person shall not vote in any precinct but that of the person's residence. Ballots at the election shall be in substantially the following form: For Land Use District ..... Against Land Use District ..... The election shall be conducted in the manner provided by law for general elections and the ballots so cast shall be issued, received, returned, and canvassed in the same manner and by the same officers, in the county whose board of supervisors is vested with jurisdiction of the proceedings, as provided by law in the case of ballots cast for county officers, except as modified by this subchapter. The board of supervisors shall cause a statement of the result of the election to be spread upon the records of the county auditor. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of incorporation of the proposed district is in favor of the proposed district, the proposed district becomes an organized district under this subchapter.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 7; 2001 Acts, ch 56, §18
         Referred to in § 303.48, 303.64
        

303.48 EXPENSES AND COSTS OF ELECTION. All expenses incurred in carrying out sections 303.41 through 303.47, including the costs of the election, as determined by the board of supervisors, shall be paid by the county whose board is vested with jurisdiction of the proceedings.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 8
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.49 ELECTION OF TRUSTEES -- TERMS -- VACANCIES. 1. If the proposition to establish a land use district carries, a special election shall be called by the board of supervisors of the county which conducted the election to form the district. This special election shall be held within the newly created district at a single polling place designated by the county auditor not more than ninety days after the organization of the land use district. The election shall be held for the purpose of electing the initial seven members of the board of trustees of the land use district. The county auditor shall cause notice of the election to be posted and published, and shall perform all other acts with reference to the election, and conduct it in like manner, as nearly as may be, as provided in this subchapter for the election on the question of establishing the district. Each trustee must be a United States citizen not less than eighteen years of age and a resident of the district. Each registered voter at the election may write in upon the ballot the names of not more than seven persons whom the voter desires for trustees and may cast not more than one vote for each of the seven persons. The seven persons receiving the highest number of votes cast shall constitute the first board of trustees of the district. 2. Following the initial special election, an annual election shall be held at a single polling place within the district designated by the county auditor for the purpose of electing a trustee to replace a trustee whose term will expire. The board of trustees, in consultation with the county auditor, shall select the election date. The county auditor shall perform all other acts with reference to the election and conduct it in like manner, as nearly as may be, as provided in chapters 45 and 49. Each registered voter at the election may vote for one person whom the voter desires as a trustee for each expiring term. The term of office for each trustee elected shall be three years. 3. Vacancies in the office of trustee of a land use district may be filled by the remaining members of the board of trustees for the period extending to the next annual election at which time the registered voters of the district shall elect a new trustee to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term. Expenses incurred in carrying out the annual elections of trustees shall be paid for by the land use district. 4. When the initial board of trustees is elected under this section the trustees shall be ranked in the order of votes received from highest to lowest. Any ties shall be resolved by a random method. The last ranked trustee shall receive an initial term expiring at the next annual election for trustees, the sixth and fifth ranked trustees receive an initial term expiring one year later, the fourth ranked trustee receives an initial term expiring two years after that election, the third and second ranked trustees receive initial terms expiring three years after that election, and the first ranked trustee shall receive an initial term expiring four years after that election.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 9; 85 Acts, ch 161, §1; 94 Acts, ch 1169, §64;
      97 Acts, ch 83, §1
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.50 TRUSTEE'S BOND. Each trustee shall, before entering upon the duties of office, execute a bond payable to the district, with security to be approved by the board of supervisors which had jurisdiction of the petition for establishment of the district, in a form and amount as that board of supervisors may determine, and file the bond with the county auditor of that county.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 10
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.51 LAND USE DISTRICT TO BE A BODY CORPORATE. A land use district organized under this subchapter is a body corporate and politic, with the name and style under which it was organized, and by that name and style may sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with, acquire and hold real and personal property necessary for corporate purposes, adopt a corporate seal and alter it, and exercise all the powers conferred in this chapter. The courts of this state shall take judicial notice of the existence of a land use district organized under this subchapter.

         Section History: Recent Form


         83 Acts, ch 108, § 11
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.52 BOARD OF TRUSTEES -- POWERS AND DUTIES. 1. The trustees elected under this subchapter constitute the board of trustees for the district, which is the corporate authority of the district, and shall exercise all the powers and manage and control all the affairs of the district. A majority of the board of trustees is a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. The board of trustees may elect a president, vice president, clerk, and a treasurer from their own number and, from without their own number, employees of the district. The compensation of members of the board of trustees is fixed not to exceed ten dollars per day, or any part of a day, for each day the board is actually in session and ten dollars per day when not in session but employed on board service, and twenty cents for every mile traveled in going to and from sessions of the board and in going to and from the place of performing board service. Members of the board shall not receive compensation for more than sixty days of session and board service each year. 2. The board of trustees shall formulate and administer a land use plan which includes all ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations necessary for the proper administration of the land use district. The land use plan shall be created for the primary purpose of regulating and restricting, where deemed necessary, the erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, or use of buildings, structures, or land in a manner which would maintain or enhance the distinctive historical and cultural character of the district. The ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations shall not apply to any tillable farmland, pastureland, timber pasture or forestland located within the district except to structures of an advertising or commercial nature located on the land. 3. The board of trustees shall provide for the manner in which the land use plan shall be established and enforced and amended, supplemented, or changed. However, a plan shall not become effective until after a public hearing on it, at which parties in interest and citizens of the district shall have an opportunity to be heard. At least fifteen days notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the district giving the time, date, and location of the public hearing. 4. The board of trustees shall appoint an administrative officer authorized to enforce the resolutions or ordinances adopted by the board of trustees. The board of trustees may pay the administrative officer the compensation it deems fit from the funds of the district.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 12; 85 Acts, ch 161, §2
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.52A INCLUSION OR EXCLUSION OF LAND. If at least sixty percent of the registered voters of a land area petition the board of supervisors for inclusion in or exclusion from a land use district, the board shall review the petition and determine if the petition contains a sufficient number of registered voters residing in the affected land area and, if the petition is sufficient, submit it to the board of trustees of the land use district. The land area to be included in or excluded from the land use district must be contiguous to the land use district. If two thirds of the membership of the board of trustees vote in favor of the petition, the petition shall be granted and the land area included in or excluded from the district.

         Section History: Recent Form

         85 Acts, ch 161, §3; 2001 Acts, ch 56, §19
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.53 CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS. The land use plan, once established, may be amended, supplemented, changed, modified, or repealed. In case, however, of a protest against a change signed by the owners of twenty percent or more either of the area included in the proposed change, or of the immediately adjacent area and within five hundred feet of the boundaries, the amendment shall not become effective except by the favorable vote of at least eighty percent of all of the members of the board of trustees.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 13
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.54 BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT. The board of trustees of the district shall provide for the appointment of a board of adjustment, shall provide that the board of adjustment may, in appropriate cases, and subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, make special exceptions to the terms of the land use plan which are in harmony with its general purpose and intent and in accordance with the general or specific rules of the plan, and provide that a property owner aggrieved by the action of the board of trustees in the adoption of the land use plan may petition the board of adjustment directly to modify regulations and restrictions as applied to those property owners.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 14
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.55 MEMBERSHIP -- TERM -- COMPENSATION. The board of adjustment shall consist of five members, all of whom shall reside within the district, each to be appointed for a term of five years. For the initial board one member shall be appointed for a term of five years, one for a term of four years, one for a term of three years, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of one year. Members are removable for cause by the appointing authority upon written charges and after public hearing. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term of a member whose term becomes vacant. The compensation for the members of the board of adjustment is the same as for the members of the board of trustees.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 15; 85 Acts, ch 161, §4
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.56 RULES. The board of adjustment shall adopt rules in accordance with any regulation or ordinance adopted by the board of trustees pursuant to this subchapter. Meetings of the board of adjustment shall be held at the call of the chairperson and at other times as the board determines. The chairperson, or the acting chairperson, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses. All meetings of the board shall be open to the public. The board shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating that fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the board and shall be a public record.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 16
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.57 APPEALS TO BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT. Appeals to the board of adjustment may be taken by any person aggrieved or affected by the land use plan or by a decision of the administrative officer. The appeal shall be taken within a reasonable time, as provided by the rules of the board of adjustment, by filing with the administrative officer and the board of adjustment a notice of appeal specifying the grounds of the appeal.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 17; 85 Acts, ch 161, §5
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.58 POWERS OF BOARD. The board of adjustment may: 1. Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of this subchapter or of any ordinance adopted pursuant to it. 2. Hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the ordinance upon which the board is required to pass under the ordinance. 3. Authorize upon appeal, in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the land use plan which are not contrary to the public interest, where owing to special conditions a literal enforcement of the plan would result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the plan shall be observed and substantial justice done.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 18
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.59 POWERS ON APPEAL. In exercising its powers the board may, in conformity with this subchapter, reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision, or determination appealed from and may make the order, requirement, decision, or determination as should be made, and to that end have all the powers of the administrative officer of the board.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 19; 85 Acts, ch 161, §6
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.60 VOTE REQUIRED. The concurring vote of three members of the board is necessary to reverse an order, requirement, decision, or determination, or to decide in favor of the applicant on a matter upon which it is required to pass under an ordinance or to effect a variation in the land use plan.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 20
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.61 PETITION TO COURT. Any persons, jointly or severally, aggrieved by a decision of the board of adjustment under this subchapter, or any taxpayer, may present to a court of record a petition, duly verified, setting forth that the decision is illegal, in whole or in part, specifying the grounds of the illegality. The petition shall be presented to the court within thirty days after the filing of the decision in the office of the board.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 21
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.62 REVIEW BY COURT. Upon the presentation of a petition, the court may allow a writ of certiorari directed to the board of adjustment to review the decision of the board of adjustment prescribing the time within which a return must be made and served upon the relator's attorney, which shall not be less than ten days and may be extended by the court. The allowance of the writ does not stay proceedings upon the decision appealed from, but the court may, on application, on notice to the board and on due cause shown, grant a restraining order.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 22
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.63 TRIAL TO COURT. If upon the hearing, which shall be tried de novo, it appears to the court that testimony is necessary for the proper disposition of the matter, it may take evidence or appoint a referee to take evidence as it directs and report the evidence to the court with findings of fact and conclusions of law, which shall constitute a part of the proceedings upon which the determination of the court shall be made. The court may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the decision brought up for review. Costs shall not be allowed against the board unless it appears to the court that it acted with gross negligence or in bad faith or with malice in making the decision appealed from.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 23
         Referred to in § 303.64
        

303.64 PRECEDENCE. All issues in any proceedings under sections 303.41 through 303.63 have preference over all other civil actions and proceedings.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 24
        

303.65 RESTRAINING ORDER. If a building or structure is erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, repaired, converted, or maintained, or a building, structure, or land is used in violation of this subchapter or of an ordinance or other regulation made under this subchapter, the board of trustees, in addition to other remedies, may institute any appropriate action or proceedings to prevent the unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance, or use, to restrain, correct, or abate the violation, to prevent the occupancy of the building, structure, or land, or to prevent any illegal act, conduct, business, or use in, or about the premises.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 25
        

303.66 TAXES -- POWER TO LEVY -- TAX SALES. The board of trustees of a land use district organized under this subchapter may by ordinance levy annually for the purpose of paying the administrative costs of the district, a tax upon real property within the territorial limits of the land use district not exceeding twenty-seven cents per thousand dollars of the adjusted taxable valuation of the property for the preceding fiscal year. The tax shall not be levied on any tillable farmland, pastureland, timber pasture or forestland located within the district. Taxes levied by the board shall be certified on or before the first day of March to the county auditor of each county where any of the property included within the territorial limits of the land use district is located, and shall be placed upon the tax list for the current year, and the county treasurer shall collect the taxes in the same manner as other taxes, and when delinquent they shall draw the same interest and penalties. All taxes so levied and collected shall be paid over to the treasurer of the district. Sales for delinquent taxes owing to a land use district shall be made at the same time and in the same manner as sales are made for other taxes, and all provisions of the law of this state relating to the sale of property for delinquent taxes are applicable, so far as may be, to such sales.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 26
        

303.67 RECORDS AND DISBURSEMENTS. The clerk of each land use district shall keep a record of all the proceedings and actions of the trustees. The treasurer shall receive, collect, and disburse all moneys belonging to the district, and no claim shall be paid or disbursement made until it has been duly audited by the board of trustees.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 27
        

303.68 CONFLICT WITH OTHER REGULATIONS. If the regulations made under this subchapter impose higher standards than are required in any other statute or local ordinance or regulation, the regulations made under this subchapter govern. If any other statute or local ordinance or regulation imposes higher standards than are required by the regulations made under authority of this subchapter, that statute or ordinance or regulation governs. If a regulation proposed or made under this subchapter relates to a structure, building, dam, obstruction, deposit, or excavation in or on the flood plains of a river or stream, prior approval of the department of natural resources is required to establish, amend, supplement, change, or modify the regulation or to grant a variation or exception from it.

         Section History: Recent Form

         83 Acts, ch 108, § 28
        

303.69 THROUGH 303.74 Reserved.

303.75 THROUGH 303.85 Repealed by 93 Acts, ch 48, § 55. See § 256.80 et seq.

303.86 ARTS COUNCIL. The Iowa arts council is created as an advisory council, consisting of fifteen members, appointed by the governor from among citizens of Iowa who are recognized for their interest or experience in connection with the performing and fine arts. In making appointments, due consideration shall be given to the recommendations made by representative civic, educational, and professional associations and groups concerned with or engaged in the production or presentation of the performing and fine arts. The term of office of each member of the Iowa arts council is three years. The governor shall designate a chairperson and a vice chairperson from the members of the council to serve at the pleasure of the governor. All vacancies shall be filled for the balance of any unexpired term in the same manner as original appointments. The members of the council shall not receive compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the council. Members may also be eligible for compensation as provided in section 7E.6.

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1325; 2002 Acts, ch 1119, §151
         Referred to in § 303A.5
        

303.87 DUTIES OF COUNCIL. The arts council shall: 1. Advise the director with respect to policies, programs, and procedures for carrying out the administrator's functions, duties, or responsibilities. 2. Review programs to be supported and make recommendations on the programs to the director.

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1326; 90 Acts, ch 1065, § 3; 91 Acts, ch 157,
      §11
        

303.88 ADMINISTRATOR'S POWERS AND AUTHORITY. The arts division administrator may: 1. Make and sign any agreements and perform any acts which are necessary, desirable, or proper to carry out the purpose of the division. 2. Request and obtain assistance and data from any department, division, board, bureau, commission, or agency of the state. 3. Accept any federal funds granted, by Act of Congress or by executive order, for all or any purposes of this subchapter, and receive and disburse as the official agent of the state any funds made available by the national endowment for the arts. 4. Accept gifts, contributions, endowments, bequests, or other moneys available for all or any of the purposes of the division. Interest earned on the gifts, contributions, endowments, bequests, or other moneys accepted under this subsection shall be credited to the fund or funds to which the gifts, contributions, endowments, bequests, or other moneys have been deposited, and is available for all or any of the purposes of the division.

         Section History: Recent Form

         86 Acts, ch 1245, § 1327; 88 Acts, ch 1158, §60
        

303.89 STATE POET LAUREATE DESIGNATED -- NOMINATING COMMITTEE. 1. A state poet laureate nominating committee is created. At the request of the governor, the executive director of humanities Iowa and the executive director of the Iowa arts council shall each appoint three persons who reside in this state to a poet laureate nominating committee. At its initial meeting held at the call of the executive directors of humanities Iowa and the Iowa arts council, the state poet laureate nominating committee shall elect a chairperson and vice chairperson from among its members and adopt rules of procedure. The members of the state poet laureate nominating committee shall be invited to serve without compensation for their services. The nominating committee is charged with considering the diversity of the people and poetry of Iowa. 2. If more than one meeting is required, the state poet laureate nominating committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson or as determined by the nominating committee and select a list of three nominees, along with biographical and professional information and supporting representative material, who are residents of Iowa and who, based on their poetic accomplishments, deserve recognition as the state poet laureate. The list of nominees shall be transmitted to the governor. The governor may select the state poet laureate from the list of nominees for a two-year term of office. The state poet laureate is an honorary state office and the incumbent is entitled to no compensation as a result of the appointment.

         Section History: Recent Form

         99 Acts, ch 161, §1
        

303.90 Repealed by 91 Acts, ch 157, § 13.

303.91 THROUGH 303.94 Repealed by 93 Acts, ch 48, § 55. See § 256.50 et seq.

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