BEATRICE – After months of discussions on possible changes in Gage County’s comprehensive plan and zoning regulations, the public will get a formal chance to weigh in.
The Gage County Planning Commission Tuesday night set August 14th, 6:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing on proposed changes in the plan and regulations.
A copy of the draft of the changes will be available at the Gage County Zoning Administrator’s office and at the Gage County Clerk’s office. Officials plan to also provide the draft of the changes on the Gage County government website.
Planning Commission Chairman Dennis Rosene says one change involves an adjustment in size of agriculture operations before a special use permit is needed.
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Officials have also proposed adding a waiver to planned agriculture operations, where parties of competing uses such as livestock operations and rural homes, can agree to co-exist without opposing each other’s plans. Rosene says part of the changes would also seek to make clear that people planning to build a new home in a rural location, know the possible impacts on them.
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While the county’s wind energy regulations are included in the comprehensive plan, new regulations governing solar and geothermal energy projects are not yet included.
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Over past several months, planning commission members have discussed potential changes in the comprehensive plan and zoning regulations, with the help of a consulting firm hired by the Gage County Board. Final changes to the plan and the regulations would also to be preceded by public hearings before the Gage County Board, prior to approval.
Meanwhile, the commission reports that development in rural areas of Gage County this year is approaching five-million dollars. About 75 permits have been issued this year, for projects such as storage and machine sheds, grain bins, livestock buildings and new homes.
The largest dollar-amount project granted a permit so far this year, is a $431,000 farrowing house in Lincoln Township, about four miles southwest of Beatrice.
The permit list also includes a new Fire Hall being constructed in Barneston, a project of the Barneston Rural Fire Protection District.
Through the first half of 2018, the county planning commission reports permits were obtained for eighteen new homes, home additions or homes being moved to a rural location.