Gage County Zoning Commission Gets Feedback on Comprehensive Plan Review

BEATRICE – Acreage owners who recently opposed an anhydrous ammonia project in western Gage County say the county’s comprehensive plan and zoning should protect acreage owners, just like it seeks to accomplish with agriculture.

The comments came during the Gage County Planning Commission’s second meeting with consulting firm, Hanna: Keelan Associates, last night.  The firm has been hired by Gage County at a cost of $14,000, to update the comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.

Robert Jacobsen, who lives along Southwest 117th Road, feels areas along hard-surfaced roads in the county should be designated as Ag-two zones.  He says such zones are scattered, currently.

:08                  “hard surfaced roads”

Jacobsen also said the county should be proactive in recognizing where acreage development is occurring.

Commission Chairman Dennis Rosene says the county’s current plan has Ag-four zones designated near existing communities…to allow for rural residential growth.   He said the reason for a comprehensive plan is to promote orderly development.

:18                  “the wild west”

Ron Mazza, who also opposed the anhydrous project near his organic farm, said he would like to see the county’s comprehensive plan better respond to development that is happening.

:25                  “as need be”

Consultants Lonnie Dickson and Keith Carl of Hanna: Keelan Associates spent part of last night’s commission meeting talking about population trends and projections, that were included in a recently commissioned housing study by Gage Area Growth Enterprise.   Dickson says Gage County should see some growth over the next ten years.

:25                  “basically indicating”

Census estimates and projections have Gage County’s overall population increasing by a half-percent over the next ten years, with the greatest percentage increases in Adams, Cortland, in rural areas of the county, and in Beatrice.

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