County prepares to finalize HILU ordinance

By Jesse Campbell - [email protected]

JEFFERSON-After several revisions and at times heated insight and discussion from community members, a finalized version of a high impact land use ordinance to govern potential polluters could be within striking distance for county commissioners.

On Monday, county planner Adam Stumb is scheduled to update the board on a list of proposed setbacks in the ordinance, which were recommended by commissioner during their Sept. 5 meeting.

As it stands now, the proposed setbacks include a buffer of 1,000 feet property line setback to the area of operation and a 2,500 foot setback from the HILU are of operation to the protected site.

The language of the proposed ordinance has also been condensed or scaled back slightly. Instead of defining two separate categories of HILU, the ordinance has combined that section into one defined category.

If this version of the HILU gets the board’s approval, a public hearing will be held Oct. 3 before it becomes law.

Currently, the county is the midst of its second six month moratorium on polluting industries or high impact land facilities. That is is set to expire next month.

In other business, the commissioners are set to approve an appropriation of $5,000 to pay for a new K-9 unit. The sheriff’s office is also looking for the board’s approval of $1,384 to be placed in the K-9 line item of the sheriff’s office budget to pay for food veterinarian expenses for the new dog. The dog was acquired after the new budget was approved.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

By Jesse Campbell

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