Gage County Comp Plan Revisions Nearing Public Hearing Stage

BEATRICE – A consulting firm working with Gage County has finished most of it’s work on an update of the county’s comprehensive plan.

Community and Regional Planner for Hanna: Keelan and Associates, Keith Carl, said a few revisions were proposed in the new plan.  The next steps would include public hearings before the Gage County Planning Commission, and then the Board of Supervisors.

New proposed sections include regulating solar energy systems, and a waiver of setback requirements on livestock operations, if a person moving a residence in nearby can reach agreement with the existing ag operator.

:20                  “health impact”

Carl says only a few counties in Nebraska have such a waiver in their zoning regulations.

A third part is the plan includes pointing out possible impacts on residential development in agricultural districts.   Carl expressed some concern before the county’s planning commission last night, about liability aspects of including such a list.  Commission Chairman Dennis Rosene says the commission’s goal was to protect agriculture interests as the number one industry in the county.  Commission member Terry Acton says the consequences of moving next to an agriculture operation should not be described, as “negative”.

:22                  “society’s going”

Carl says it may be a better idea to advise developers of agriculture impacts, without having to include them in zoning regulations.

:10                  “of our county”

Gage County Planning Commission members have presided over some disputes between agriculture and residential land uses, when considering special use permits…most notably, chicken houses and anhydrous ammonia storage.

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