[205-44.5] Important agricultural lands; public lands. (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, before December 31, 2009, the department of agriculture and the department of land and natural resources shall collaborate to identify public lands as defined under section 171-2 that should be designated important agricultural lands as defined in section 205-42 and shall cause to be prepared maps delineating those lands. In making the designations, the departments shall use the standards and criteria of section 205-44.

(b) The designation of important agricultural lands pursuant to this section shall not be subject to the district boundary amendment procedures of section 205-3.1 or 205-4 or declaratory order procedures of section 205-45.

(c) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, beginning January 1, 2010, after receipt of the maps of public lands identified as important agricultural lands pursuant to subsection (a), the commission shall designate the public lands as important agricultural lands and adopt the maps of those public lands. Upon designation, the public lands shall be subject to this chapter. [L 2008, c 233, 14]



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