From: Joan Schnabel
In their rush to leave a legacy, some members of the Zoning Board of Buffalo County are trying to fast track the rezoning proposal for the Starkey property across from C-FC school. Rezoning from Ag to Industrial is the first step needed to allow Glacier Sands to build the transload facility that was denied in 2012 by the Board of Adjustment. The rationale the Zoning Board offers for this is to make things easier for the new board of supervisors of Buffalo County that will come on in April. Sitting in the audience at the last zoning meeting, one got the feeling that the board (with the exception of Jim Ziegeweid) has generally felt annoyed at those pesky members of the community who have unexpectedly participated on this issue. The first step to stop this is at the town of Milton meeting.
The town of Milton will hold a public meeting on the rezone on February 5 at 6 p.m. at C-FC High School. Only residents of Milton will be allowed to speak, although anyone is welcome to attend. If you live in Milton, please, please, show up and voice your opposition. I think comments will be most meaningful if you stress why this is pertinent to you. So, anyone who has kids in C-FC school, that is how it affects you. If you ride your bike or motorcycle on Hwy. 35, it affects you; if your road will be unsafe because of the additional truck traffic going to the transload, that is how it affects you.
Next, the zoning committee has scheduled two meetings in February. At the meeting on February 11, only Glacier representatives will be allowed to speak. Two days later, on February 13, there will be a public hearing where people will have a limited chance to speak. Directly after this hearing, the zoning board will convene a meeting and will have the option to take action on this. So Zoning could decide to recommend this as soon as February 13. (No times or places posted yet for these meetings.) If zoning does not finish on February 13, there will be a meeting on February 18. It seems very likely that zoning will approve the rezone. It then goes to the full board of Buffalo County Supervisors on March 4, the last meeting of the current board. If they deny it; it will likely stop there, if they approve it, it then starts down a path for a conditional use permit, the town, zoning board and BOA. If it is changed to industrial zoning, it may be much, much harder for the BOA to turn it down, so the time to stop it is NOW.