Dutch Store Front Committee

The City of Orange City requires that all new construction and exterior remodeling of structures in Commercial Districts must be done in a manner consistent with Old World Dutch architecture. This includes architectural design, colors, materials, and signage. Orange City prides itself on its Dutch heritage and wants to ensure that our commercial districts reflect this heritage. The experience of visiting and shopping in an old world Dutch village can be greatly enhanced with proper buildings and atmosphere. The City has appointed a volunteer committee to review both proposed remodeling and new buildings to ensure that old world Dutch architecture is incorporated into the design. This committee meets with property owners and helps guide them toward the authentic Dutch “look”. The committee has guidelines it uses when advising building owners.

Once the committee and owner have agreed on a design, the committee reviews the completed project to ensure compliance with the requirements. With the committee’s recommendation, the City Council determines matching fund grants to the owner. These grants are used to help offset some of the cost of construction and remodeling.

For more information contact Kurt Frederes, Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector, at 712-707-4885 or code-enf@orangecityiowa.com

Click here to learn about the Dutch Store Front Grant.

current members

Betsy Huibregtse

Betsy Huibregtse


John Buntsma

John Buntsma


Mary Lou Vander Wel

Mary Lou Vander Wel


Nora Mulder

Nora Mulder

(712) 737-3670

Application Process

Step 1: Select

Select a contractor/architect to design
your Dutch front.

Step 2: Submit

Submit a proposal and cost estimate for committee review and approval.

Step 3: Approval

Approval from City Council for
matching funds.

Step 4: Build

Build the Dutch Front as approved.

Step 5: Funds

Funds for matching amount are
distributed after cost invoices
are provided and approved.

For more information contact Kurt Frederes, Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector, at 712-707-4885 or code-enf@orangecityiowa.com.

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