JOHN WENDELL WOODS, RONALD WOODS, C&W FARMS and WOODS CONSTRUCTION, INC, JAMES RICHARD COSTELLO and CITY OF FAIRBANK, Plaintiffs-Appellees,
FAYETTE COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT, CATHERINE MILLER AS FAYETTE COUNTY ZONING ADMINISTRATOR, DANTE WIND 6, L.L.C., GALILEO WIND 1 L.L.C., VENUS WIND 4 L.L.C., MASON WIND L.L.C., OPTIMUM RENEWABLES L.L.C., and THOMAS G. ROURKE and KIMBERLY K. ROURKE, Defendants-Appellants.
from the Iowa District Court for Fayette County, John
appeal the district court's reversal of the decision of
the Fayette County Zoning Board of Adjustment to uphold the
issuance of permits for the construction of three wind
Alexander M. Johnson and Adam C. Van Dike of Brown, Winick,
Graves, Gross, Baskerville and Schoenebaum, P.L.C., Des
Moines, for appellants Dante Wind 6 L.L.C., Galileo Wind 1
L.L.C., Venus Wind 4 L.L.C., Mason Wind L.L.C., Optimum
Renewables L.L.C., Thomas G. Rourke, and Kimberly K. Rourke.
J. Burns of Miller, Pearson, Gloe, Burns, Beatty &
Parrish, P.L.C., Decorah, for appellants Catherine Miller as
Fayette County Zoning Administrator and Fayette County Zoning
Board of Adjustment.
Heather A. Prendergast, Carter J. Stevens, and David W.
Hosack of Roberts, Stevens & Prendergast, P.L.L.C.,
Waterloo, for appellee City of Fairbank.
Patrick B. Dillon of Dillon Law, P.C., Sumner, for appellees
Ronald Woods, John Woods, James Costello, C&W Farms, and
Woods Construction, Inc.
by Danilson, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Bower, JJ.
zoning administrator granted applications for zoning
compliance, which allowed the construction of wind turbines
on agricultural land. The board of adjustment denied appeals
from the decision. The district court, however, concluded the
zoning administrator acted illegally in granting the
applications. We must decide if the district court's
decision was correct.
Background Facts and Proceedings
Fayette County Zoning Ordinance lists several "permitted
uses" in agriculturally-zoned districts, including use
for "[e]lectrical and natural gas transmission and
regulating facilities." The ordinance also authorizes
"special use permits" following notice and hearing:
Section 9. AG DISTRICT REGULATIONS (Agricultural Districts).
Statement of Intent. The AG District is intended and
designed to preserve agricultural resources and protect
agricultural land from encroachment of urban land uses.
A.Principal Permitted Uses. Only the use of
structures or land listed in this section shall be permitted