An owner of land that is located in a soil and water conservation district may file a petition with the supervisors of the district requesting the construction of a conservation works of improvement. Upon the receipt of such a petition, the supervisors shall make a preliminary determination to accept or reject the petition.
A petition may be rejected if the supervisors determine that the information that it contains about the proposed improvement is insufficient to enable the supervisors to proceed with the petition under this chapter or if the petition appears to be frivolous. The supervisors also may reject a petition on the grounds that the district lacks sufficient staff or other resources to proceed with the improvement in accordance with this chapter. If the supervisors reject a petition, they shall notify the petitioner of the reasons for the rejection. A petition that was rejected due to insufficient information may be supplemented with additional information and filed again.
If the supervisors accept a petition for a proposed improvement, they shall establish a date and time for a view of the proposed improvement, which date shall be not fewer than twenty-five nor more than ninety days after the date on which the petition was filed. The supervisors shall designate a convenient place near the proposed improvement at which the view shall start.
Upon receipt of a petition, the supervisors also shall establish a date and time on and at which and designate a location at which they will hold a hearing on the proposed improvement. The hearing shall occur not later than ninety days after the date established for the view.
Effective Date: 04-15-2005