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Posted on: March 7, 2019

Oskaloosa takes a step up on building exteriors

On March 4, 2019, the City Council unanimously approved exterior building materials and design standards for the City of Oskaloosa.  The standards apply to new development, construction, or improvement of a building or property. 

Under the new standards, buildings located in commercial districts must utilize masonry, wood, or other acceptable materials on street-facing exterior walls.  Vinyl and metal lap siding, and corrugated metal or fiberglass panels, are prohibited.  Walls must also include basic architectural features to improve visual interest.  Limitations on bright and extreme colors are also included.  The standards do not apply to side and rear walls which do not face a street.

"We want to establish a minimum level of building quality and appeal in Oskaloosa while maintaining the freedom of choice and design for building owners" says Shawn Christ, Oskaloosa's Development Services Director.  "It doesn't have to be just brick".  Builders may utilize a mix of materials, such as EIFS and fiber cement siding, on applicable walls to help control costs.  "We hope that this effort will quickly become apparent and appreciated by residents and business owners, increasing the appeal of the community we are already proud of."

The new standards will become effective March 12, 2019.  Questions may be directed to the Development Services Department at 641-673-9431.
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