By Frank Schier
Editor & Publisher
The Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Room 303 of the Winnebago County Administration Building, 404 Elm St., to begin the process of creating new Unified Development Ordinances, defining statutes of the 2030 Land Resource Management Plan for Winnebago County.
This ZBA hearing is a continuation from the public hearings that concluded at the Oct. 14 meeting.
In the process of revising the existing ordinances to match the intent of the public hearing and composition of what is commonly know as the 2030 Land Use Plan, the ZBA will first address, as stated in the meeting notice: “A Request to Repeal Chapter 90 — Zoning and Chapter 74 — Subdivisions of the Winnebago County Code of Ordinance and Adopt a New Chapter 90 — to be Known As the Unified Development Ordinance Which Consists of Both New and Former Zoning and Subdivision Regulations for Unincorporated areas of the County of Winnebago, IL, submitted by The County of Winnebago, IL represented by Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Attorneys, and Camiros, LTD, Planning Consultants.”
The ZBA will then consider the proposed ordinances in light of testimony and evidence presented in two public hearings by the concerned citizens and organizations with interests in issues such as waterway and runoff protection, development near flood plains or wetlands, the extent of conservation design elements to be included in various degrees for various zoning, setbacks for wind farms, forest restoration, agricultural preservation and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and real estate values.
The ZBA’s recommendations will then be presented to the county board.
This is an open meeting, but public testimony on the issues is closed. Contact your county board member with any additional concerns perceived at this ZBA meeting.
From the Dec. 10-16, 2014, issue