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No, the airport project is funded by federal grants including over $1,000,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Yes, the agreement is still valid. The courts found that there was a section of the agreement discussing termination which contained invalid language; and allowed the county to exit the agreement. The remainders of the agreement, minus this section is still valid.
The city is annexing this land to plan for airport zoning and to extend infrastructure to the area. The city considers this area a prime growth opportunity especially around the proposed northwest connector.
No, the city is working with property owners to negotiate property sales that benefit all parties involved.
No, the land surrounding the airport will still be farmable. Only land used directly for active airport use will no longer be used. The current Oskaloosa Airport is also surrounded by farm land and is still farmable, this is the goal for the new regional airport as well. The SCRAA wants to preserve as much usable crop land as possible.
Construction of a regional airport is expected to create jobs and bring more business activity to the surrounding communities. The airport itself will require jobs, as well as the industries that typically grow around airports. The investment will help the community in the long run through an added tax base and sales tax revenue.
By constructing a new regional airport, the tax base will increase total revenue for the county government. A larger tax base revenue means the county can provide better services, such as maintaining roads. Costs are constantly rising for these services, and the local governments need to find additional funding sources to pay for these services.
According to the DOT, the existing airport is inadequate and cannot be modified to handle commercial aircraft. Additionally, adding a new airport will act as an anchor, in which new businesses will attract to and grow our community.
The DOT has studied the economic impacts of airports similar to that of this project. These studies show an increase in economic activity due to the addition of these airports.
Each community is different. There are many factors at play, such as location and policies. Based on DOT and FAA assessments, Oskaloosa has been recognized as an idea location for a regional airport. Additionally, there are multiple global business headquarters located in the Oskaloosa area, who would benefit from a regional airport.
The plan for this facility, is to serve the following:
Additionally, anyone can benefit and use this airport. Anyone with a private license or commercial aircraft may use the facility. Businesses can use it and the community can benefit from the services provided by businesses. Most importantly, it provides infrastructure to attract large scale corporations to locate in Mahaska County. Businesses looking for sites to locate in will find the community attractive because the airport provides access to markets and easy form of transportation.
The regional airport has been in the plan for roughly 20 years. However the long term plan is just that, a long term plan. It takes years of planning to correctly navigate a project of this size.
A permit is required for sheds or other accessory buildings one hundred twenty (120) square feet or larger. The maximum height of accessory buildings is the greater of twenty (20) feet or the height of the principal structure. All accessory buildings must be at least five (5) feet from the rear lot line, accessory buildings under fifteen (15) feet in height require five (5) feet from interior lot lines if located between the rear building line of the principal building and the rear property line. An additional one (1) foot setback is required for every two (2) feet above fifteen (15) feet in height, up to the minimum requirements of the zoning district. The accessory building must be located five (5) feet from other buildings on the lot. Accessory buildings may not be closer than twenty (20) feet from any street right-of-way. See Oskaloosa Municipal Code Section 17.05 for more site development regulations.
No. However, due to the weight of roofing materials and load capacity of framed structures, there should be no more than two (2) roofing layers applied to most structures. There should also be an ice barrier applied under shingles or rolled roofing from the lowest roof edge to a point 24 inches (36 inches if the slope is 8/12 or greater) inside the exterior wall line. Please contact the building official with any questions.
A smoke detector should be located in each sleeping room. A smoke and carbon monoxide detector should be located immediately outside sleeping areas (e.g. hallway) and a smoke detector should be located on each level of a dwelling, including the basement. Detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. Batteries should be replaced every year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths happen with either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
A permit is required for all swimming pools, either above-ground or below-ground pools, which are capable of holding water 24 inches or deeper. A minimum 48-inch safety barrier is also required. This is typically a fence, or in the case of an above-ground pool the sidewall may serve as the barrier. Access limitations may apply. Setback requirements are the same as for other accessory structures. Contact the Building Official at 641-673-7472 for help with specific requirements.
Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov/, enter your address, and click 'search'. Map layers may take a few moments to load. Flood hazard areas are typically noted as 'Zone A' and highlighted in a light-blue color. Map revisions, amendments, and revalidations are also available at this link. Contact local floodplain manager Shawn Christ at 641-673-9431 (ext 5029) or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or visit the Development Services Department at City Hall.
You may view and search the city's official interactive zoning map at https://www.oskaloosaiowa.org/330/Zoning-Map-interactive-GIS or contact the building inspector or department director at (641) 673-7472 to look up the zoning designation at a particular address. Only zoning information obtained from the City of Oskaloosa (not the county or any other source) should be utilized.
Property lines are determined by metal markers ("pins") placed underground at every corner, angle, intersection, or change of direction of the boundary line. Pins may include a plastic cap with surveyor identification information and are shown on the original and all subsequent survey plats of a property. The most accurate and reliable method to determine a property boundary is to hire a registered land surveyor to perform a boundary survey of your property. The surveyor is licensed to perform such work and can locate any existing pins and set any that are missing. The City of Oskaloosa does not locate private property lines nor resolve property line disputes. Property owners may attempt to locate existing property pins themselves to estimate the location of property lines. Please do not remove or disturb property pins.
Yes, in some areas with a valid permit and certain restrictions. Effective September 2023, personal animal raising is allowed in the city with application and site plan approval. In residential districts, small animals and fowl are allowed when contained entirely within a rear yard and other limitations are met. For chickens, only females (hens) are allowed. Buildings must be at least 25 feet from any property line, and limited to a maximum of 1 bird or small animal per 2,000 square feet of lot area. In R-1, R-2, and R-3 zoning districts a site plan application must be submitted and approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission. In the AG district birds/animals are permitted with no restrictions. In all other districts, animals are not allowed. Please contact the zoning administrator with questions or to discuss submittal requirements.
Yes, in some areas with a valid permit and certain restrictions. Effective September 2023, personal animal raising is allowed in the city with application and site plan approval. In the RR Rural Residential zoning district, any lot 2 acres and over may keep one horse or other equine/hoofed animal and its immature offspring. Such lot may have one additional animal per additional acre of lot area. No stable shall be located closer than 50 feet to any dwelling unit on the site or property line. In the AG district horses are permitted with no restrictions. In all other districts, horses are not allowed. Please contact the zoning administrator with questions or to discuss submittal requirements.
Yes, apiaries and honeybees are allowed in some areas with a valid permit and specific restrictions. Effective September 2023, personal animal raising is allowed in the city with application and site plan approval. Bee colonies must be kept in hive structures with removable combs, with a minimum setback of 5 feet from any property line, 10 feet from a public sidewalk, and 25 feet from a principal building on an abutting lot. If located within 25 feet of a property line, a flyway barrier 6 feet in height must be established 10 feet beyond the colony in each direction. Hives must be secured and properly maintained, and a convenient water source available. Colony densities are limited by lot size. Unusually aggressive colonies must be requeened by the beekeeper. Swarms, colonies without hive structures, or abandoned hives must be destroyed or removed from the city. See Oskaloosa Municipal Code Section 17.06.120(3)(c) for more information.
Yes, with certain limitations. Most home-based businesses and home occupations are permitted as an accessory use in residential units subject to certain conditions (see Sec. 17.22.090 OMC, linked here). Animal hospitals, beauty and barber shops with over one chair, retail sales, mortuaries, repair shops or service establishments, stables or kennels, welding, and vehicle body repair/rebuilding/dismantling businesses are prohibited. Please contact zoning staff to discuss your plans. A permit is not necessary unless construction work will occur on the home.
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To ensure a safe and desirable community. Feedback from recent outreach efforts and surveys indicated repeat concerns with empty, underutilized buildings and buildings in poor condition. Studies also indicate a strong need for more housing. Oskaloosa’s comprehensive plan includes a vision to improve quality of life, with goals for quality neighborhoods and a range of housing types, encouraging reinvestment and enhancement, conservation rather than demolition, and improving safety. One of the adopted action steps is to create a vacant building registry with inspection procedures. This will help the city ensure buildings are safe, secure, and maintained with no code violations or illicit activity.
Only buildings which are or become vacant, partially vacant, or unoccupied must register for this program.
The registration fee is $100 per building per year. This is the estimated annual cost for administration and inspection. If there is more than one vacant building on a single property this fee will cover all buildings at the same property address.
In summary, any building which is unoccupied, or if no person resides in the building or operates a lawful business open regularly for business. A building will also be considered vacant if it is unsecured, declared unfit for occupancy, a dangerous or dilapidated building, subject to health or safety violations, or lacks one or more utilities for 180 consecutive days. Storage of items or property does not constitute occupancy unless authorized by the Oskaloosa zoning ordinance. Please refer to chapter 15.34 of the Oskaloosa Municipal Code for a full description.
In summary, a building which lacks physical presence for 180 consecutive days for the purpose for which it was erected or a building unfit for occupancy due to failure to meet minimum standards. Storage of items or property does not constitute occupancy unless authorized by the Oskaloosa zoning ordinance. Please refer to chapter 15.34 of the Oskaloosa Municipal Code for a full description.
Owners will provide property information, contact information, a descriptive plan for the property, status of utilities, proof of insurance, an option to release information to potential buyers or developers, and acknowledgements of applicable code standards. Registration information will be valid for one year.
The first registration for vacant buildings must be complete on or before November 17, 2023 and is valid for one (1) year. If the building remains vacant, it must be re-registered every year before the previous registration expires. If a vacant building changes ownership, it must be registered by the new owner within ninety (90) days. If an occupied building becomes vacant, the building must be registered within ninety (90) days.
One registration form and $100 fee will cover any vacant buildings on a single property using one shared address for all buildings. If there is more than one property/lot/parcel, or more than one address for the buildings, each property address must be registered separately and fee paid separately.
Yes, if your building has one or more stories or tenant units vacant it must be registered.
In some circumstances yes. A building used for storage does not constitute occupancy unless the storage was lawfully established and authorized by the Oskaloosa zoning ordinance. Storage as a primary land use must meet applicable zoning standards. The property’s actual use and zoning designation will be considered and determined by the zoning administrator. The following are examples of storage uses which are likely authorized and not required to register:
The following are examples of storage which are likely unauthorized and required to register. These may also undergo a zoning compliance review by the zoning administrator.
No. Vacant lots are not required to be registered with the city.
Yes. The following situations are exempt from the registration requirement:
- A building actively under construction or renovation with a valid permit.
- A property actively listed for sale or lease which meets certain conditions at OMC Sec. 15.34.070B.
- A residential property where the owner resides elsewhere for less than six (6) months per calendar year.
A paid registration is valid for one (1) year. If the building remains vacant, it must be re-registered every year before the previous registration expires. If a vacant building changes ownership, it must be registered by the new owner within ninety (90) days. If an occupied building becomes vacant, the building must be registered within ninety (90) days.
No, there will be no refunds or partial refunds issued. Registrations will simply expire with no need to renew. If a vacant building changes ownership, it must be registered by the new owner within ninety (90) days.
Failure to register a vacant building or suspected vacant building may result in the city issuing a Notice of Violation charging an unregistered property fee of $50 per day up to $500 per property. Failure to comply within the specified time frame may also result in legal remedies including municipal infraction, civil suit for abatement of nuisance, or proceedings to acquire title under Iowa Code Section 657A.10B.
In general, buildings must be structurally sound, weathertight and secure, maintained and in good repair, with no openings or missing materials. The premises must be free of trash or debris, public walkways free of snow or ice, and no excessive vegetation or other public nuisances as defined by the Oskaloosa Municipal Code. A checklist for vacant buildings is available at https://www.oskaloosaiowa.org/619/Vacant-Buildings. Please refer to chapter 15.34 of the Oskaloosa Municipal Code for a full description.
No. You are required only to register your building annually and ensure it continues to meet minimum applicable standards.
Contact the Development Services Department at 641-673-7472 to discuss your circumstances and how your building is utilized. Staff will determine if registration is or is not required by ordinance. An owner may be asked to sign an affidavit to document the situation.
Yes. Any owner has the right to appeal a Notice of Violation from a city official to The Building Code Board of Appeals. Appeals are filed in writing. See Oskaloosa Municipal Code sections 15.34.090 and 15.04.150, or contact the Development Services Department for more information.