Committee lays over farmette zoning

Committee lays over farmette zoning

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

The county’s Zoning Committee laid over the vote for the controversial rural farmette zoning on Dec. 6. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 3.

The zoning would allow for five-acre, rural tracts to have eight houses per 40 acres on unsuitable farmland. The present zoning calls for one house per 40 acres.

The county’s farming community contends the zoning wouldn’t benefit farmers. Various townships and the Winnebago County Farm Bureau list arguments including the fact that the zoning fails to preserve prime farmland and fails to allow farmers to expand farms because the tracts would be scattered all about the rural parts of the county.

But county officials continue the push for the zoning. Zoning Committee Chairwoman Sue McDonald (R-1) emphasizes that the zoning is necessary.

McDonald said a balancing act exists with preserving prime farmland and property rights. She stated that the county should encourage development of less productive or non-productive agricultural farmland.

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