Board of County Commissioners – Workshop
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
School Board Administrative Complex
372 West Duval Street Lake City, FL
All parties interested in changing our Ag-3 zoning laws to prevent intensive polluting agriculture, such as, but not limited, to CAFOs in our residential areas down by the rivers and springs, please come to this workshop.
Help us to get our message clear as to how we see AG-3 zoning changed in the Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulations for Columbia County. Following is a brief background on what is happening at the moment. Please read our objectives and bring some ideas to the meeting at Fort White.
Columbia County has finally agreed to give the citizens of Fort White a chance to review Comprehensive Plans and LDRs. As residents of Fort White and land owners, we want changes to those plans that govern our community land use.
The problem Fort White faced with an intensive chicken CAFO being put half way between the Town of Fort White and the Santa Fe River is that there was NEVER a posting of the land use changes.
While this land was listed as AG-3 zoning in the Comp Plan, the fact is the land was fallow, timbered (and never replanted) years before the purchase of the new owners, and nearly 100% of the 77 acres of land use was changed to construct 12 football field sized poultry buildings, There are at least 3 HOA in the vicinity and one of those is an abutting neighbor.
And very, very few neighbors, if any at all, knew anything about this “new” business until about 3 months into the project, after the land had been cleared, fill dirt brought in and construction material piled up waiting for workers.
He read us the “Right To Farm Act” from his dais.
And that was that, Fort White and river and springs were screwed.
1. OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES FOR RURAL AREAS
ARTICLE 6 – HIGH NATURAL GROUNDWATER AQUIFER RECHARGE AND POTABLE WATER WELL FIELD REGULATIONS
Sec. 6.1. – High natural groundwater aquifer recharge protection.
ARTICLE 12 – APPEALS, SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS, VARIANCES AND INTERPRETATIONS
Sec. 12.2. – Special exceptions.