Gage County Planning Commission Turns Back Rezoning Request

BEATRICE – The Gage County Zoning Commission is recommending denial of a request to rezone land where a controversial anhydrous ammonia loading facility was recently rejected by the Gage County Board.

An application to rezone the east half of section 5 in Lincoln Township, from an Agriculture-One designation, to Ag-four was filed with the county.  The applicants are Ron and Terri Mazza.

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Mazza indicated that making the change would not alter any current use of the land.

The applicant for the anhydrous project, Mike Holtmeier, of Plymouth says the effort to rezone goes against support of the county’s number one industry, agriculture.  He says the application to rezone the half-section would constitute spot zoning.

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Holtmeier has filed an appeal of the Gage County Board’s 3-4 denial of a special use permit for a project that would include two 30,000 gallon anhydrous tanks and a loading facility.   That appeal is the subject of a hearing on an injunction, May 22nd.

Gage County Planning Commission Chairman Dennis Rosene noted that the county’s comprehensive plan recommends Ag-Four districts be located near villages or small towns.

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Within the county’s comprehensive plan, Ag-Four, or areas described as Urban Reserve, are intended to be located within one to two miles of unincorporated communities or towns without their own comprehensive plans.   Available fire and police protection are also factors.

The commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Gage County Board deny the request to rezone, from Ag-One, to Ag-Four.  The land is along Southwest 117th Road, about five miles west of Beatrice.

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