Iowa Land Use Planning (1-IA-a)
- Mixed land uses;
- Compact building design;
- Creating housing opportunities and choices;
- Creating walkable communities;
- Fostering distinctive, attractive communities;
- Preserving open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas;
- Strengthening and directing development toward existing communities;
- Providing a variety of transportation choices;
- Making development decisions predictable, fair and cost-effective; and
- Encouraging community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions.
Land Use Planning Process
1-IA-a.1 – Initiate Transmission Siting Process
Despite the land use planning done by other entities, the Iowa Utilities Board has jurisdiction over all electric transmission siting within the state. Iowa Code § 474; Iowa Code § 478. Transmission lines capable of carrying a voltage of 69kV or higher must have an Electric Transmission Line Franchise in order to be constructed or operated. I.C. § 478.1(1). Transmission lines below this voltage capacity do not require such franchises, but the Utility Board still retains jurisdiction over those lines, including siting. I.C. § 478.1(2). For more information see:
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