Gage County Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Review Underway

BEATRICE –  Gage County has begun a process of reviewing the county’s comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.   The county’s planning commission met last night for the first of a series of meetings with a consulting firm, hired to assist in the process.

Lonnie Dixson of Hanna:Keelan Associates said the county’s current plan saw Ag-one districts as being reserved for farming use, while Ag-two zones were viewed as more appropriate for rural homes where farming wasn’t the purpose.

:11                  “hard-surfaced road”

Dixson pointed to a map that shows a series of dots, indicating the growing influence of rural homes on areas primarily reserved for farming and agriculture production.

As disputes take place between competing land uses, some Gage County Planning members have expressed frustration that they are making recommendations based on the county’s comprehensive plan and regulations…only to see the Gage County Board reverse the recommendation upon getting public pressure.

Commission Chairman Dennis Rosene says he foresees more requests for zoning changes, like one currently under consideration by the county board on a small parcel of land west of Beatrice.

:14                  “to continue”

Planning Commission member Terry Acton fears that conflict from neighbors close to farming operations prevents growth in agriculture.

:15                  “support you”

Acton said there’s also the recent desire to know all about what a farmer is planning to do.

:18                  “it’s ridiculous”

Rosene feels the intent of the county’s comprehensive plan needs to be strengthened.  Dixson says there is a need for those undertaking permit applications and persons opposed to a project to base their opinions on facts, not emotions.

:25                  “you’re opinion”

The next meeting of the commission and consulting firm is scheduled for August 8th.

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