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Vote yes on proposed amendments (11/06/2013)
From: Marv Hunger

Chairperson

Landowners of Winona County

The Landowners of Winona County urge the County Commissioners to give back some of the property rights by voting yes on the proposed amendments. The Landowners of Winona County point out that the ordinance was rejected with a unanimous vote at the Township Association in 2010 because it was rushed through by the previous commissioners, without a finished draft and before the Township officers could give their final approval.

The legal nonconforming language should not be used, as it only serves to confuse users and eventually eliminate those structures and further erode our property rights. Structures that were legal when permitted should all be labeled as legal now. Most rural landowners would benefit from the proposed amendments to the ordinance.

. The Rural Heritage overlay should apply universally to all residential and agricultural districts.

. New structures must meet the current setback rules. Current rules for stormwater management are very thorough in Chapter 9. There are 2 1/2 pages of performance standards that can be enforced to control erosion.

The vitality of agriculture is necessary to the economy of Winona County and America. The Comprehensive Plan states that a goal of the county for the future is to promote agriculture. Allowing expansion of feedlots is one good way to promote agriculture. We must recognize the need to allow changes in agriculture to preserve the agricultural economy.

The Landowners of Winona County see three options before the commissioners:

1. Throw out the ordinance and start over.

2. Do nothing by voting down the amendments.

3. Vote for the amendments that are a compromise of our property rights.

 

 

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