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Board to meet with Planning Commission


Fri, Sep 7th, 2001
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Monday, September 10, 2001

By Mike McGrath

The County Commissioners will meet with members of their planning commission tomorrow afternoon to discuss some important zoning changes that are in the works.

According to Commissioner Duane Bakke, who also sits on the planning commission, the joint session between the two boards will discuss the newly proposed agricultural and scenic districts, subdivisions, and the farm/non-farm home designations.

A special citizen committee of the planning commission, chaired by Planning Commission Chairman Mike Tuohy, developed a plan that divides the agriculture district (the unincorporated area of the county) into four new districts for zoning purposes.

A new district, A-1, will allow only 6 homes per section (640 acres) and includes much of the countys prime tillable acres in the southern and western townships.

According to the proposed zoning ordinance amendment reviewed at the August 30th meeting of the planning commission, the purpose of the A-1 district is "to provide a district, whose primary purpose is to maintain, conserve, and enhance agricultural land that has been tilled on a continuous basis, and to provide for a limited development of dwellings."

In both the A-2 and A-3 district proposals, the language regarding the conservation of agricultural land is relatively the same, but the language pertaining to development and growth differs significantly.

The proposed A-2 district would allow one dwelling per quarter-quarter section (40 acres), but the A-3 district would allow four dwellings per quarter-quarter section, "for the continued growth of local communities."

The newest district proposed in the package of amendments is a "Scenic and Geographical Features Preservation District" known as S-1. The primary purpose of this district is to "maintain, conserve and enhance scenic lands and lands with special geographic features and to provide for a limited development of dwellings."

The area proposed for the S-1 district straddles the Root River and its main tributaries, encompassing much of the unique, geographically sensitive bluff areas of the county. Dwellings would be limited to one per quarter-quarter section in this district.

The proposed new agriculture districts and the scenic district also limit subdivisions to within one half mile of an incorporated city.

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