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Ordinance changes: For whose benefit? (10/13/2013)
From: Doug Nopar

In pushing us back to 1970 zoning laws and explaining his proposed changes to the Winona County Land Use Ordinance, Commissioner Steve Jacob often confuses the public with a lot of legalistic talk about “non-conformities.” Unfortunately, that’s really not what this ordinance debate is about. No one argues with making sure that people can re-build their rural home after a fire.

But do we really want feedlots to be able to expand 300 feet closer to their neighbors (and vice-versa)? The current 1000 foot setback was established 15 years ago, and in most cases, has worked just fine. Do we really want bluff top developments to be able to expand and build additional structures 300 feet closer and right up to the edge of the bluff? How much residential building could go on in rural areas without any notification of neighbors or public hearings? County data shows that there are 4700 build-able parcels now on record. 

 

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