City of University Heights, Iowa
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Proposed/Recent Ordinances before Council

All new ordinances and changes or amendments to current ordinances must be approved on three votes of the University Heights City Council.
Below are current proposals before council.

Community feedback is always encouraged regarding all proposals: CONTACT City Councilors/Mayor

Ordinance 232 Amends Ordinance 120 providing administrative fee for towing

Ordinance 231 Prohibiting obstruction of right-of-ways

Ordinance 230 Amends ordinance 120 regarding game day parking and towing for accumulated parking fines

Ordinance 229 Amends ordinances 120 and 131 regarding weight load restrictions

Ordinance 228 Amends ordinances 71 and 136 regarding trash pickup after game days and portable toilets

Ordinance 227 An ordinance establishing smoke-free places. “This Ordinance shall be known as the “University Heights Smokefree Places Act.”
First approval 5/8/2018 5-0 vote

Ordinance 226 Amending Ordinance 79 regarding CH height and parking and fee reimbursement
ADOPTED 4/23/2018

Ordinance 225 Amending Ordinance 79 regarding rental appeals to Board of Adjustment
ADOPTED 4/23/2018

Ordinance 224 Adopting International Property Maintenance Code
ADOPTED 4/23/2018

Ordinance 223 Amending Ordinance 110 Rental Housing Code
ADOPTED 4/23/2018

Ordinance 220 Modify Setbacks in CH Zone
ADOPTED 12/28/2017

Ordinance 215 Regulating Right of Way and telecommunications equipment
ADOPTED 12/12/2017

Ordinance 214 Creating Arts/Recreation/Culture Commission
1st Approval 11/14/17
2nd Approval 12/12/17

Deferred in favor of Community Activities Committee, by council on 5/8/2018

Ordinance 216 Allowing Police Chief to dismiss some parking tickets
1st Approval 11/14/17
2nd Approval 12/12/17

ADOPTED 3/6/2018

Ordinance 222 Equal Voices
No action at 2/13/18 meeting

1/9/18

Ordinance 221 regarding conflicts of interest
Defeated 1/9/18

11/14/2017

Ordinances 217, 218, 219 Changing definitions of occupancy and minimum standards for rental properties
ADOPTED 12/12/2017

9/1/17

Brief Summary of FIVE Draft Ordinances submitted by Zoning Commisson to City Council

Public Hearing Scheduled for 9/12/17 Council Meeting

City Council Zoning Commission Work Session 6/20/2017

First Consideration 9/12/17 Passed for 209-213
Second Consideration 10/10/17
Third Consideration 11/14/17

8/8/17

Ordinance 208 Amending Ordinance 79 to create Commercial Hotel Zone at 901-905 Melrose
First Approval 8/20/17 with 4-1 vote
Ordinance language revised Section E.2 (reflected in above link)
Readings Collapsed and Adopted 9-12-17 with 4-1 vote

6/13/17

Ordinance 206 Adding "Dead Ash Trees" to nuisance ordinance similar to "Dutch Elm" language, requiring removal of dead trees
Adopted 7-11-17 with 5-0 vote

Ordinance 207 Simplifying process for City Elections by eliminating need for a primary DEFEATED
First Approval 6-13-17 with 3-2 vote
2nd approval 7/11/17
fails with 2-3 vote

5/23/17

Ordinance 205 Prohibiting Use of Fireworks in University Heights
ADOPTED 5-23-17 with a 4-1 vote
Council voted 4-1 to collapse all three approvals into a single vote

Ordinance 201 Urban Chickens outlines conditions and requirements for keeping chickens in town
First council approval 5-9-17 with a 5-0 vote
ADOPTED 5-23-17 with a 5-0 vote
Council voted 5-0 to collapse second and third approvals into a single vote

Ordinance 203 Mid American Electricity Franchise outlines conditions and terms for a non exclusive utility franchise. 20 year term with re-negotiation possible at year ten.
First council approval 5-9-17 with a 5-0 vote
ADOPTED 5-23-17 with a 5-0 vote
Council voted 5-0 to collapse second and third approvals into a single vote

Ordinance 204 Mid American Natural GasFranchise outlines conditions and terms for a non exclusive utility franchise. 20 year term with re-negotiation possible at year ten.
First council approval 5-9-17 with a 5-0 vote
ADOPTED 5-23-17 with a 5-0 vote
Council voted 5-0 to collapse second and third approvals into a single vote

10/18/16

Public Records Request Policy City Council met on 10/17/16 and adopted this policy. Go here for Public Records Requests Page

Ordinance 194 amdending ORDINANCE 79 to require a building permit for installation of paving of a particular size; to change the method for giving notice of Board of Adjustment meetings and the parties to whom such notice is directed; to increase the fee for variance and other applications filed with the Board of Adjustment; and to change the method for giving notice of proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance.
First council approval 10-11-16 with a 5-0 vote
Second council approval 10-17-16 with a 5-0 vote
ADOPTED 11/15/16 ORDINANCE 194

Ordinance 193B establishing a conflict of interest policy.
First council approval 10-11-16 with a 4-1 vote
Second council approval 10-17-16 with a 5-0 vote
ADOPTED 11/15/16 ORDINANCE 193

Ordinance 192 adopting 2015 Universal Building Code
ADOPTED 1/12/16 ORDINANCE 192