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BV Planning and Zoning Commission Vote to Recommend Comprehensive Plan Amendments to Supervisors ; Including Washington Township Industrial Rezoning

October 11, 2021 11:19pm

The Buena Vista County Planning and Zoning Commission this (Mon) evening voted in favor of recommending all five comprehensive plan amendments to the Board of Supervisors.

That includes recommending a rezoning change from agricultural to industrial in section 31 of Washington Township for a proposed soybean crushing plant. The Commission voted 3-1 in favor of that recommendation. Steve Gustafson voted against the recommendation. With the exception of a different Washington Township amendment, Gustafson also voted against recommending the other three as well. Gustafson cited not having been on the Commission back in 2009 when the comp plan was approved, but was never formally adopted.

Many were once again in attendance to share their viewpoints on the proposed soybean crushing project between Storm Lake and Alta. Kevin Cone owns land where the soybean crushing plant is being projected. Cone said he and his family were initially some of the biggest skeptics about the project location, and visited several soybean processing plants as part of intense research. Cone said odor and noise aren't an issue unless someone actually standing next to the plant, and said Storm Lake's water quality won't be affected.

Cone called the soybean crushing plant a huge opportunity for the area...(audio clip below  :30 )

Cone acknowledged the plant would add more traffic, but said it would be dispersed in five different ways. Cone said he was told by a local business owner that “traffic means progress” and is better than no traffic at all.

Traffic issues were again brought up by Lake Creek residents, including Jane Besaw...(audio clip below  :32 )

Farmer Neil Krummen takes exception to those who belittle the ten-cent bean increase the plant would provide and the money it would generate...(audio clip below  :37 )

One Lake Creek resident said area residents want the project in BV County, but the location is concerning, referring to the issue as “greed over safety”

The BV Board of Supervisors are holding a public hearing on the comp plan from 9 to 10 tomorrow (Tues) morning at the Secondary Road Building in Storm Lake. At least one of the soybean plant developers is expected to be there.

(NOTE...At the Supervisors meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Kim Johnson announced that Steve Gustafson resigned from the Commission Monday night.)