The Montgomery County Plan Commission will consider amendments to the county’s new zoning ordinance, including a chapter with requirements for concentrated animal feeding operations, another chapter which establishes an urban overlay district for land within 1/2 mile of the Crawfordsville city limits and the new fee schedule for the zoning process.

A public hearing will be conducted before the plan commission considers the changes at its meeting July 24.

The chapter for concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, will include regulations for the siting requirements for CAFOs and provide for procedures for approval of siting requests. Once CAFO developers meet the requirements set by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, a developers must also meet county requirements using a point system before they can build.

The plan commission also will consider updating the use table within the zoning ordinance to specify that confined deeding operations and concentrated animal feeding operations to be permitted uses in the agriculture district

The plan commission meeting and public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 24 at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

According to the proposed text amendment, the purpose of the urban overlay district “is to promote and protect the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, morals and general welfare by providing for consistent and coordinated standards of development for land” within 1/2 mile of the Crawfordsville city limits. It includes planned unit development standards, off-street parking standards and requirements for signs and street lights. 

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