DeKalb County Planning Commission tables proposed farming restrictions

The DeKalb County Department of Development Services proposed that confined feeding operations be 1300 feet from an incorporated town and 500 feet from houses and businesses.

Posted: Oct 20, 2017 9:22 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2017 9:22 PM


The DeKalb County Planning Commission let community members talk about possible restrictions on Confined Feeding Operations Wednesday evening. There are currently no rules in DeKalb County on how far a confined feeding operation has to be from someone’s home, incorporated towns, or businesses.

‘I’ll take this as a win tonight that the issue was tabled. And they did recognize that maybe there should’ve been a little more thought in to the subcommittee so we’ll take that for now and we’ll see where it developed, that’s all we can do,” said Mayor of Butler Ron Walter.

The DeKalb County Department of Development Services proposed that CFOs be 1300 feet from an incorporated town and 500 feet from houses and businesses.

For some people who live near them, large livestock farms can be an environmental and health issue.

While some CFO farmers say the proposal is a good compromise, others would like to see the restrictions extended.

People say they’d like the planning commission to take a more detailed look at the issue before making a decision, and the planning commission said they will.

" A little more research needs to be done, a little more consulting with other parties need to be done, we also need to clear up the question of there are other state agencies that have a say in where CFO can go in respect to features in our county,” said Planning Commission Board Member Sarah Delbecq.

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