Gage County Moving Toward Public Hearing on Zoning Regulations, Comprehensive Plan

BEATRICE – A public hearing will be held later this summer on zoning regulation changes and an update to the Gage County comprehensive plan.  The county’s Planning and Zoning Commission is sending final regulation changes for review to a consulting firm hired by the county.

The changes include increasing the animal unit threshold in agriculture-two zones as a permitted conditional use, without livestock producers having to secure a special use permit.  Commission members last night also discussed establishing a waiver process, whereby property owners could come to agreement with their neighbors about a development going in, nearby.  Commission members Rodney Ensz and Steve Whitwer talked about that prospect.

:42                  “thought about it”

Zoning Administrator Lisa Wiegand says regulations for solar energy and other types of renewable energy projects are not being included in the new regulations, in favor of addressing those, later.

:14                  “recommending to you”

That would also include biomass, methane or geothermal projects. Wiegand says the process for considering regulations for solar energy projects would be similar to how the county handled development of regulations regarding wind energy systems.

Planning commission officials are examining including information to developers about what to expect if they move a residential or other project into a rural area, where agriculture operations exist…although not as a requirement in the revised regulations.

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