County officials met with North Liberty officials to help development

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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Johnson County officials met with North Liberty officials Wednesday afternoon to discuss a fringe-area policy agreement.

The city of North Liberty has designated a fringe area within two miles of the city limits for the purpose of further development. The city has drafted the fringe-area agreement with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to foster development in this area.

The agreement outlines four different fringe areas, each with different development policies.

The first of these areas is F1 — County North Corridor Development Area. In this area, residential cluster developments will be preferred, and the county will handle most of the development process, with only some input from the city.

The next area outlined is F2 — Near-term urban growth area. In this area, the city will mostly be allowed to expand, and residential, commercial and industrial land uses are encouraged.

The third area of the fringe is F3 — Midterm urban growth area. Similarly to F2, the city will be expected to expand into this area, though not so quickly as in the F2 area.

Finally, F4 — County Rural Agricultural area, is expected to be eventually incorporated by the city but used for agricultural purposes until then.

In addition to outlining these areas, the agreement states that the fringe area will not interfere with any currently operating agricultural operations, in accordance with the Iowa Code, Chapter 335.2, Farms Exempt.

— by Daniel Seidl

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