Gage County Planning Commission Recommends Approval of New Home Within Livestock Setback

BEATRICE – Gage County’s Planning Commission has recommended approval of a special use permit for a new home to be built about two miles west of Cortland.

A public hearing was held before the commission last night on the permit application, filed by Jesse Schmidt.  Schmidt has lived in an older home on the family farm for the past seven years and says he and his wife are planning to build a new house nearby.

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The permit was required because the planned home near Southwest 14th Road is within the setback distance from an existing livestock operation along West Apple Road, owned by Ed Balderson.

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Plans are to sell and move the old house at the location.  The new home would be located just over 900 feet from the nearest part of the feedlot operated by Balderson.  The setback requirement is 1,320 feet…a quarter-mile…under county zoning regulations.

After a short public hearing, the commission voted 5-0 with two members absent, to recommend approval of the permit.  It now goes to the Gage County Board of Supervisors in early June, for a hearing and action.

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