There will be a BZA and APC meeting held Wednesday, May 7, on the proposed ordinance amendments; one of the topics deals with CAFO (Confinement of Animals Feeding Operations) zoning. Or in short terms, HOG BARNS!
One of the ordinance articles being amended is stating that a CAFO will be allowed to be constructed in any A-1 zoning district. A CAFO is currently allowed to be constructed in any A-2 zoning district. That opens up a lot of ground to have a CAFO built in Decatur Co. Everyone should be aware that there are over 70 CAFOs already in Decatur Co. With these new amendments, Decatur Co. could have CAFOs anywhere and everywhere. If a CAFO is going to be allowed in an A-1 district, then the A-2 district should not allow a CAFO.
To have this continuous concern in the back of your mind every time you see a new “barn” going up, that it could potentially be a new CAFO. This should have ALL Decatur Co. taxpayers very worried. The chances this will affect your property values are GREAT.
This ordinance states that the distance from a residential dwelling and CAFO is only to be 660 feet. Also, the distance stated from a school, church or any public building is only 1,320 feet. Other Indiana counties require CAFOs to be at least one-half mile from any single-family residential zoning. Why should Decatur Co. be any different? This should be what the proposed ordinance amendments are trying to correct. Who wants a CAFO one-eighth mile from their home?
If the property around you is an open field, you should be at this meeting at 6:30 p.m., May 7, in room 106 at the Decatur County Courthouse. Be sure your voice is heard and that any concerns you may have are addressed that night.