Gage County Planning Commission Backs Hog Expansion, Near Pickrell

BEATRICE – The Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of a special use permit for a hog facility expansion, five miles east of Pickrell.

Farmer Kurt Wallman applied for the permit to increase the number of head of hogs in his operation.   He plans to replace an old building that housed up to 500 head.

:15                  “on my place”

Notices of the application for special use permit and the hearing before the commission went out to 43 nearby landowners.  One couple who lives less than a half-mile from the operation, made clear they support Wallman’s plan, submitting a letter to the commission, read by Zoning Administrator Nancy Niedfeldt.

:23                  “thank you”

Because the number of animal units in the operation was being increased from less than 700, to about 880, it changed the setback distances that are applied in relation to two other property owners who reside nearby.

The commission’s 5-0 vote recommending approval, sends the permit application onto the Gage County Board, for their consideration.

Some recent projects in the past several months have resulted in conflicts between land uses in the county. The zoning commission plans a second meeting in August with a consulting firm, to further review and possibly update the county’s comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.

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