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BV Supervisors Hold Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing ; Zoning Change for Proposed Soybean Crushing Plant Again at the Center

October 12, 2021 1:39pm

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday held a public hearing on the county's comprehensive plan, after the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend adopting five amendments to the plan.

One of the amendments is to change an area of land in Washington Township just south of Lake Creek from agricultural to industrial for a proposed soybean crushing plant. Lake Creek resident Jeff Stark felt that the Supervisors would be setting a precedent if they approved that particular change, and anyone could get anything rezoned in the county. Supervisor Paul Merten took issue with that comment, saying that zoning has been in BV County since 1966 under this same process.

A number of safety concerns have been raised regarding the proposed plant location. Lake Creek resident Gary Rosene asked the Supervisors to consider the oath of office they took...

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Farmer Scott Robbins said the Supervisors should consider the benefits for the entire county...

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Supervisor Merten said road and funding issues will be addressed after the rezoning possibly gets changed...

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If the soybean crushing project fell through after the zoning change, Supervisor Merten reiterated that he would want to change the land back to agricultural, which Supervisor Tom Huseman agreed with.

The Supervisors next week are scheduled to take action on both the comprehensive plan, as well as the first reading of the zoning change.