If the county board of one or more of the counties affected has disapproved a petition for creation of a lake improvement district for an area, a petition for creation of a lake improvement district containing information required by section 103B.521, subdivision 1, may be submitted to the commissioner of natural resources.
Upon receipt of the petition by the commissioner and verification of the signatures on the petition by the county, the commissioner may, within 30 days following verification, hold a public hearing at the expense of the county board on the question of whether the requested lake improvement district shall be established. The commissioner, in determining whether to hold a public hearing, shall examine all facts relating to the petition, including the reasons why the petition was disapproved by the county.
(a) If a hearing is not to be held, within 30 days following the receipt of verification by the county, or within 30 days following the holding of a hearing, the commissioner shall, by order, approve or disapprove the establishment of the requested lake improvement district.
(b) If the commissioner determines that the establishment of the lake improvement district as requested in the petition would be for the public welfare and public interest, and that the purposes of section 103B.511, subdivision 1, would be served by the establishment of a lake improvement district, the commissioner shall by order approve the establishment of the lake improvement district. If the commissioner does not approve the establishment of the district, the commissioner shall by order disapprove the establishment.
(c) An order approving creation may contain modifications of the area's boundaries, functions, financing, or organization from what was stated in the petition.