Gage Planning Commission Recommends Approval of Permits

BEATRICE – The Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of two special use permits, for a livestock project and a rural home daycare.

The commission recommended approval by the Gage County Board of a permit for an additional hog building at an operation in section 25 of Lincoln Township. It’s located southwest of Beatrice, sought by the Plymouth Ag Group.

Company Supervisor Shane Meyer says the new building will increase sow numbers, but not affect the level of animal units.

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The commission did not have a surveyed setback distance of the new building, but Commission member Terry Acton said that shouldn’t be a reason to delay action on the permit.  Applicants said the new 79-by-91 building would be about seven-eighths-of-a-mile from the nearest home…meeting the three-eighths-of-a-mile setback requirement.

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There was mention of a small cemetery near the site, but officials believe it is infrequently used for burials.   The commission voted 5-0, with one abstention, to recommend approval of the project.

The commission recommended approval of a special use permit for an in-home rural daycare project in section 34 of Nemaha Township, west of Adams. The applicant is Cassandra Shields, the owner of an old farmhouse where the daycare operates.

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Shields says her daycare is licensed for up to ten children.   The county planning commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the permit.   Both special use permits now go to the Gage County Board, for consideration at an October 11th meeting.

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