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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a special meeting on Monday, February 29, 2016. The meeting was held at the White County Building, 2nd floor Commissioners’ Conference Room beginning at 8:00 a.m.

 

Commissioners present were: President John C. Heimlich, Commissioner Steve Burton and Commissioner David Diener. Also present was Auditor Gayle Rogers, County Attorney George Loy and the Commissioners Assistant Donya Tirpak.

 

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.

 

AWARD HIGHWAY BID

Highway Superintendent Mike Kyburz said that this is his second request for bids on the mechanical, front wheel drive tractor. Two of the three bids submitted this time were acceptable, but one was not. He made the recommendation to accept the lowest acceptable bid from Bane-Welker Equipment.

 

County Attorney Loy explained that the bid from Koenig Equipment, Inc., from Logansport is unacceptable because the bid form was not completed. The bid was not notarized and they did not list a price. The lowest acceptable bid is from Bane-Welker Equipment, from Remington for $109,500.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to accept the lowest bid from Bane-Welker Equipment for $109,500, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WHITE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE

Commissioner Heimlich said they have spent the last couple of months receiving a lot of information and looking at various ordinance proposals dealing with the location of CAFOs within the county and associated setbacks. They are now ready to consider sending a proposal to the Area Plan Commission (APC) for their consideration for amendments to the current zoning ordinance.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that since public hearings have been held the past three – four months, there will not be a public hearing held today. This will be submitted to the APC and then they will hold a public hearing.

 

Joe Rogers, Director, gave a brief summary of the amendments that are being presented.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that one issue that was not addressed by the proposed amendments, nor is it currently in the ordinance, is the applicant’s residence. Discussion has been made to offer a waiver from the quarter mile setback to a CAFO for the applicant’s residence if it’s located on a different parcel as the proposed CAFO, instead of going before the Board of Zoning Appeals. After a short discussion, Commissioner Diener suggested waiting until after the public hearing to see what comes out of it, or what input the APC suggest before moving forward.

 

Commissioner Heimlich said that their rationale for the mile and a half setback from the shoreline is to give the concentrated housing along the lakes the same setback requirements that the municipalities have.

 

Commissioner Heimlich reminded everyone that this meeting is necessary to publically adopt something that can be sent to the APC. The APC will hold a public hearing and when it comes back to the commissioners, they will hold a public hearing, as well. Maps were presented to the public detailing the mile and a half setback along Lake Shafer and Lake Freeman.

 

  • Commissioner Diener made a motion to adopt the zoning ordinance amendments dealing with CAFOs and to submit them on to the APC for their consideration, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Amendments:

For CFO or CAFO operations see Chapter 3 for additional developmental and use standards.

    1. A-2 Agricultural Industry District

      1. Purpose and Intent

The purpose of the A-2 Agricultural Industry District is to provide adequate land for more intense agricultural uses and agricultural related industries. This includes, but is not limited to: confined feeding operations, digesters and livestock auction yards. Residential subdivisions are prohibited in order to prevent conflicts with the otherwise intense uses intended for an A-2 District. Physical separation between an A-2 District and other residential and non-residential districts may also be necessary in order to further reduce conflicts between otherwise incompatible land uses, to the extent that all future A-2 Districts will require a rezoning to provide for an additional layer of review for the purposes of adequately addressing any issues specific to a proposed use.

      1. Setbacks

All Setbacks shall be measured from the property lines of the A-2 District parcel for purposes of this Section.

1. The A-2 district shall have a setback of one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) feet from any other non-agricultural district, residence or business, unless located on the same property.

2. The District cannot be located within one (1) mile of an incorporated municipality or the unincorporated town areas of Idaville and Buffalo utilizing such boundary lines as provided for on the White County Official Zoning Map.

3. The District cannot be located within one and one-half (1 ½) miles from any Lake Shafer, Big Monon, Tippecanoe River or Lake Freeman shoreline boundary as provided for on the White County Official Zoning Map.

4. The District cannot be located within one thousand seven hundred sixty (1,760) feet from the property line of any parcel of land legally platted within a recorded subdivision and which subdivision has at least six (6) lots developed with residential dwelling units.

C. All A-2 District uses must provide documentation demonstrating compliance with all Local, State and Federal laws, codes and ordinances including valid permits in cases where permits are required.
D. All applicants, developers, landowners who develop any use in this district or within one (1) mile of this district shall be required to enter into an agreement acknowledging the County’s Right to Farm Ordinance provisions.
E. Major drainage system and water wells shall be in compliance with IDEM standards.

F. Setbacks shall not apply to fences for areas where animals graze.

G. For subdivision of parcels into new parcels, lots or tracts refer to the White County Subdivision Control Ordinance.



For CFO or CAFO operations, additional developmental and use standards may apply, see Chapter 3.

3.17 CFO AND CAFO ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL AND USE STANDARDS

IN THE INTERESTS OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE, AND TO LESSEN INJURY TO PROPERTY, ALL CFO/CAFO USES PREVIOUSLY ESTABLISHED OR PLACED INTO OPERATION AFTER THE DATE THIS SECTION BECOMES EFFECTIVE SHALL COMPLY WITH THE ADDITIONAL STANDARDS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION. THESE STANDARDS ARE IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER STANDARDS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS ORDINANCE.

3.17.1 Setbacks

All Setbacks shall be measured from the property lines of the District parcel for purposes of this Section.

A. The District cannot be located within one (1) mile of an incorporated municipality or the unincorporated town areas of Idaville and Buffalo, utilizing such boundary lines as provided for on the White County Official Zoning Map;





B. The District cannot be located within one and one-half (1 ½) miles from any Lake Shafer, Big Monon, Tippecanoe River or Lake Freeman shoreline boundary as provided for on the White County Official Zoning Map;

C. The District cannot be located within one thousand seven hundred sixty (1,760) feet from the property line of any parcel of land legally platted within a recorded subdivision and which subdivision has at least six (6) lots developed with residential dwelling units.

D. The district shall have a setback of one thousand three hundred twenty (1,320) feet from any other non-agricultural district, residence or business, unless located on the same property.



3.17.2 IDEM: Confined Feeding Operations shall have Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) approval prior to issuance of an Improvement Location Permit or Building Permit. All major drainage system and water wells shall be incompliance with IDEM standards.



There being no further business to come before the commissioners, their meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

___________________________ _____________________________ ____________________________

John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President David Diener, Member

 

 

 

 

 

ATTEST: _________________________

Gayle Rogers, Auditor