County receives input on zoning amendment by David Lias The Clay County Commission continued a hearing at its Tuesday meeting to discuss changes to the Clay County Zoning Amendment.
It may be months before the amendment is finalized, but commissioners have expressed their intent of offering zoning regulations in the future that will stand the test of time.
For that reason, the county is gathering input and during its last two meetings has already made modifications to the zoning amendment.
Jerry Wilson, Jim Heisinger and Nancy Carlson were present at Tuesday�s meeting of the commission to offer suggestions.
The commission agreed to entirely eliminate one section of regulations dealing with separation distance exemptions. The zoning amendment sets in place the minimum distances that concentrated animal feeding operations can be constructed from dwellings, churches, schools, businesses, cemetery and public use areas and other existing entities in the county.
The regulations will allow an applicant for a concentrated feeding operation to secure a written waiver if their livestock facility is too close than regulations require. The county agreed, however, to eliminate an option that would allow an applicant to receive an exception to the setback distance if a waiver couldn�t be secured.
Heisinger questioned if earthen lagoons would be allowed for storing manure from livestock units. �Iowa has recently reported that for certain big livestock operations, earthen lagoons won�t be allowed, because they found that they don�t work,� he said.
Commissioners agreed to require above ground glass-lined manure storage structures for larger livestock operations.