Coles County, Illinois currently does not have countywide zoning. So zoning is limited to 1.5 miles from the incorporated cities. The County is proposing a comprehensive plan that does not include zoning. It was beat back by some influential farmers who basically said, "You're not going to tell me what I can or can't do on my land".
The municipalities are upset that zoning will not be implemented. There is a new interchange being built that is not within a mile and half from any incorporated city. They are afraid of an adult bookstore, or strip club being built at the interchange. They are also concerned about large hog farms or wind farms being built.
There is also a problem with land use surrounding some of Coles County’s historic sites. Someone moved in a bunch of junk trailers within a stones throw of the Moore Home, where Lincoln departed from to begin his presidency, and near his parents’ gravesite. The historians want zoning to prevent further eyesores.
So is countywide zoning a good idea? We are talking about cornfields here. Are there other ways to address the concerns besides zoning?