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DeKalb County considering CFO regulations

The commission tabled the discussion in October.

Posted: Dec 17, 2017 8:32 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2019 12:02 PM

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - DeKalb County's Planning Commission will talk about putting more regulations for large livestock farms in the county.

The commission tabled the discussion in October.

Right now there are no rules in DeKalb County where Confined Feeding Operations, or CFOs can go.

People said they like that the county is taking this step, but they'd still like to see more done.

"It will be like an open door for larger industrial set ups to come in if we really leave those laxed setbacks in like that," said Caramee Crabill.

Crabill has lived in rural DeKalb County for most of her life, and currently lives near a CFO.

"We have no ill feelings about any of the farmers or operators in our county," she said.

DeKalb County Department of Development Services director Chris Gaumer originally proposed confined feeding operations be 1,300 feet from any town in the county and 500 feet from houses and businesses outside of that.

Now the proposal is blank, leaving it to the planning commission to decide.

"He was thinking they would settle between the 500 feet that was originally proposed for rural residences to around 750 feet," said Crabill.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which oversees how CFOs operate, said there are 12 registered CFOs in DeKalb County.

Most of those are in the eastern third.

Many farmers said they are okay with creating setbacks.

Crabill said she would like to see these setbacks reasonable for everyone.

"Still protect the agricultural history and legacy that we want to keep preserving in DeKalb County and keep that innovated part of agriculture moving forward, but at the same time protect the citizens that want to enjoy the piece and quiet of the rural community," she said.

The planning commission will be talking about this during its meeting Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. inside the DeKalb County Courthouse.

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