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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they own next to a feedlot owned by another property owner. Fillmore County Ordinance calls for dwellings to have a setback of at least 1000 feet from feedlots.

Roger Peterson told the board that he had farmed the property from 1974 to 1985 when he and his wife moved to Harmony. They had since improved the property by planting trees and making other improvements. They now wanted to build a home to retire to.

Peterson said there had been a full set of buildings on the site at one time.

"It would be better to have a building site there and getting taxes off it," Roger Peterson said.

During the public hearing, Carl Fisher, who lives near Peterson property, asked what would happen if he [Peterson] sells the property in the future and the new owner wants the feedlot taken out?

"That's why we have this ordinance in place," Fisher said, opposing the plan.

Jonas Hostetler, who owns the farm with the feedlot, said that he would welcome the Petersons as neighbors, but he had concerns how the variance would affect his farm in the future. Hostetler has 100 Holsteins in the feedlot.

Board Chair Jim Keune had the same concerns as Hostetler about the affect the home would have on the farm in the future.

"If we grant this, all people have to do is have a nice building site next to a feedlot - everyone could build anywhere they want," Keune said.

Board member Marvin Kuhn posed the problem the other way around.

"Would we give a feedlot a 902 variance to be built next to a home?

The board voted unanimously against the variance.

Planning & Zoning


The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for Ed Bunne to operate a Sand Pit in Beaver Township.

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