Zoning regulations on manure composting move a step closer

    After seeking input from their planning consultant, Chase County’s Planning Commission found out they may be among the first in the state to adopt zoning regulations on manure composting.
    The commission held a second public hearing on the issue Monday with more than 10 rural citizens in attendance.
    When zoning regulations were initially adopted, or when they were last revised in 2010, composting wasn’t addressed.
    Charley Colton, chair of the planning commission, said their planning consultant, Marvin Keith of David City, told them he was unaware of other counties that addressed the composting issue, making Chase County possibly the first.
    To begin the discussion, Colton provided the board and those in attendance with copies of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s regulations on composting as a start for their discussion.
    After nearly 90 minutes of discussion, Colton closed the hearing, allowing commission members to offer a proposal for consideration.
    With a unanimous vote, the board will forward three prerequisites to Keith for the formation of a regulation.
    Those three include a one-mile setback from neighbors for any manure compost manufacturing; finished compost must be stored at least a quarter mile from the nearest neighbor and stored no longer than one cropping year; and an annual review with the entity on plans for manufacturing and stockpiling of compost.

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