Ames, Gilbert, and Story County recently approved a 28E cooperative agreement to implement the Ames Urban Fringe Plan. Ames, Gilbert, and Story County commit to the following:
- The cities agree to waive review of subdivision plats and plats of survey in the Rural Service and Agricultural Conservation Areas.
- As cities annex, cities agree to waive their extraterritorial review of subdivisions beyond the limits of the planning area identified in the Plan.
- The County agrees to waive review of subdivisions in Urban Services Areas.
- The County commits to use Conditional Rezoning when applying the A-2 Agribusiness District outside the areas designated as Planned Industrial and Industrial Reserve to remove certain incompatible uses.
- Establishes subdivision review procedures for Rural/Urban Transitional Areas.
- Establishes procedures for amending the Plan upon request of a member of the public.
- Allows the three jurisdictions to initiate a review of the Plan.
- Creates a mechanism to withdraw from the Plan.
The proposed 28E agreement implements many of the important principles and policies of the Ames Urban Fringe Plan. With Ames, Gilbert, and Story County having agreed on a framework for development in the Ames Urban Fringe, this agreement creates a process for implementing that framework. As development occurs in the Urban Fringe, the 28E agreement describes processes that do not currently exist or exist only in an ad hoc manner. This agreement provides direction to the staff of the three jurisdictions on processing divisions of land. It provides customers and property owners a more streamlined process for approval of these divisions. It allows the participating cities and the County to give up some subdivision review authority in areas where its interests are not directly affected. The agreement will preserve agricultural and other rural lands from inefficient urbanization and unwanted land uses.
Click here to view the signed agreement.