County eyes conditional use for extraction and fence regulations
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[June 12, 2013]
The Logan County Board Planning
and Zoning Committee met for a brief discussion on Wednesday.
Committee members present were David Hepler, Kevin Bateman, Bill
Martin and Robert Farmer. Zoning officer Will D'Andrea was also
present, and Jim Drew was in attendance as a guest.
The first conversation of the night was the possible revamping of
laws concerning conditional use zoning for extraction.
that arose during discussions surrounding a recent land rezoning was
the lack of a precedent for this type of conditional use permit, and
the subsequent lack of guidelines. D'Andrea said that other counties
do have such guidelines in place. No new guidelines were
specifically mentioned at the meeting.
In March, an appeal was filed by landowners, challenging the
decision of the county to allow for the extraction of limestone. A
question was brought forward at a previous committee meeting as to
looking at such a set of laws: Would new guidelines have an effect
on the current appeal?
Kevin Bateman said he believes it would be wise for the committee
to wait until this appeal has passed to make any changes, but he
would like to see a set of guidelines created for conditional use
zoning. Bateman spoke of personal experiences with similar issues,
saying he would not want to see other people struggle with zoning
Bill Martin agreed with Bateman, but he also suggested that the
county board move on this issue with caution.
D'Andrea told the committee that he can bring forward legislation
from other areas to use as examples for future discussions. David
Hepler said he would be consulting the state's attorney in the near
future on this matter.
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Jim Drew was present to ask for the committee's input on the
second issue of the night. Drew said he is concerned as to the
future maintenance of property in the county, specifically, of
fencing that is built and not properly maintained. Drew said that
what he thinks should be in place are guidelines for the maintenance
of fencing on property.
The committee members informed Drew that while the city of
Lincoln may have regulations in place concerning the maintenance of
property, the county has no such codes for those living in rural
areas. Furthermore, it is difficult to create a set of regulations
for fences and other structures on a citizen's property.
After a brief discussion on the matter, it was determined that
the county may be able to create regulations on where on the
property a fence can be built (also known as setbacks), but they
would be limited to set any other rules. The committee members
agreed there could be too many complaints from citizens if they
attempted to regulate fence maintenance other than repairing what is
[By DEREK HURLEY]