County denies Millersburg land-use request

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 14, denied a land-use request by the town of Millersburg, after finding out the difficulty over elements of three conferences that began in January.

Commissioners Roger Nyquist and Sherrie Sprenger accepted a movement to disclaim the town’s request whereas Will Tucker voted towards the movement. Linn County Planning Fee members had beforehand voted unanimously to disclaim the request as nicely.

Town of Millersburg wished to maneuver 167-plus acres close to its southwest nook out of its city progress boundary and “swap” it for 163 close by acres, which is allowed by state land-use legal guidelines and county land-use guidelines. Each properties are zoned Unique Farm Use, however the 163 acres are thought-about higher farm floor than the younger hazelnut orchard it might exchange.

Millersburg wished the swap on account of curiosity within the growth of a paper-products mill by an Italian-based firm, though it has not bought the property.

Neighboring farmers fought the swap, citing the acreage in query’s excessive productiveness and their opposition to the town’s boundary shifting west of the railroad tracks, which for many years has been an unofficial dividing line between city and nation, though the town’s city progress boundary already extends past the tracks.

After additional dialogue, Nyquist stated he was particularly involved about water points on the 167 acres. He stated that property close to the retaining ponds had some contamination primarily based on their historical past, and he couldn’t guarantee adjoining property homeowners that contamination wouldn’t encroach onto their property with routine farming operations that may disturb the soil.

In his transfer to disclaim the land-use request, Nyquist cited standards for plan map amendments together with: “The presence of any growth limitations together with geologic hazards, flood hazards or water high quality or amount is not going to have a major impact on land makes use of permitted by way of the modification.”

He famous that farmers within the Dever-Conner space and Millersburg have at all times had good working relationships, including that the realm’s farm floor was among the many greatest within the area.

Sprenger stated the county wished to supply everybody “with a possibility to come back to the desk and have their voice heard,” including that to her information, this marked the primary time the Planning Fee voted unanimously on such a call.

“As soon as farmland of this high quality is misplaced, it’s misplaced without end,” she stated. “It’s an enormous deal to me.”

Based on Tucker, two holding ponds on the Worldwide Paper property weren’t included within the land-use request and Millersburg has plans to make the swap “suitable” with space wants. He believed the town’s request met each state and county land-use codes.

– Alex Paul, Linn County Communications Officer

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