The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) per Iowa Code 306.19(5), is providing this notice that the DOT proposes to implement corridor preservation for the future U.S. 30 from the Interstate 35 interchange at Ames east to South 11th Street in Nevada (see attached location map). The location of the Corridor Preservation Zone is as follows:
An area encompassing both sides of U.S. 30 from the Interstate 35 interchange at Ames east to the grade separation at S. 11th Street at Nevada. The width of the Corridor Preservation Zone varies depending upon the location within the corridor.
Please be advised that the cities of Ames and Nevada and Story County are required to notify the DOT in writing of receipt of an application for a building permit for construction valued at $25,000 or more, of the submission of a subdivision plat, or of a proposed zoning change within the corridor preservation zone. This notification shall occur no less than 30 days prior to granting the proposed building permit, approving the subdivision plat, or changing the zoning. Written notification shall include all pertinent information regarding the proposed permit, plat, or zoning change.
Section 306.19(5) also states that if the DOT notifies the city or county in writing, within the 30 day period, the DOT is proceeding to acquire all or part of the property or property rights affecting the area, the city or county shall not issue the building permit, approve the subdivision plat, or change the zoning. The DOT may apply for an extension of the 30 day period. Following a public hearing on the matter, the city or county may grant an additional 60 day period. The DOT will begin the process of acquiring property or property rights from affected persons within ten (10) days of the DOT’s written notification to the city or county of intent to acquire.
The Corridor Preservation Notice will be effective on the day of publication in local newspapers, which is anticipated to be October 12, 2014. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated and will assist us in preserving this highway corridor, which is of mutual interest and value to both the State of Iowa and your community.