I'm on the Zoning Commission in my rural Iowa county. At this
evening's meeting we'll consider a rezoning request from agricultural
to manufacturing. A retiring farmer wants to sell some land to an
industrial agricultural enterprise that wishes to place two 30,000
gallon anhydrous ammonia storage tanks and one 30,000 gallon propane
storage tank on the property.
I recently attended an ISU Extension "Introduction to Planning and
Zoning" single-session evening course put on by Dr. Gary Taylor of
ISU. In it, he stressed the value of the comprehensive plan as a
planning and zoning tool.
Our county's comprehensive plan amounts to an almost 9-year-old zoning
ordinance that does not appear to be at all forward-looking, and at
last month's zoning commission meeting I suggested that we consider
updating it. This was fairly well received, although there's some
concern about the amount of work it will take to do.
It occurs to me that if we soon do undertake the writing of a
comprehensive plan, wouldn't it be particularly prudent to agree only
to a conditional use permit for this proposed new facility, as opposed
to a full rezoning?