City/County zoning administrators hold first Plan ELC-Z workshop Thursday Featured

Lyon County Zoning and Floodplain Manager Sam Seeley leads discussions during Thursday's ag zoning workshop. Lyon County Zoning and Floodplain Manager Sam Seeley leads discussions during Thursday's ag zoning workshop. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Clarification was the key focus of city and county zoning administrators during the first of four Plan ELC zoning workshops Thursday evening.

Thursday’s workshop focused on agriculture zoning and saw local ag producers fill the Lyon County Courthouse Annex to gain insight and offer feedback on the new regulations. In terms of major changes to current regulations, Lyon County Zoning and Floodplain Manager Sam Seeley says there have been several misconceptions with the new regulations which was a major reason for the conception of this series of workshops.

 

Seeley adds, the new regulations essentially are not about changing pre-existing processes, but rather simplifying them.

 

According to Seeley, the new regulations could shed light on several benefits for ag development which many ag producers were previously unaware of. Seeley tells KVOE News an example of this includes certain ag-related business ventures which may not require rezoning permits under the new regulations.

Towards the end of the evening, those in attendance were given time for a question and answer session with both Seeley and City of Emporia Zoning Director Joe Foster. Seeley says it was important to give everyone an adequate amount of time to have their voices heard.

Three additional workshops will be taking place through December and will be broken down into three categories.

*Industrial: 6-8 pm Nov. 14, Trusler Business Center
*Commerical: 6-8 pm Nov. 21, Trusler Business Center
*Residential: 6-8 pm Dec 5, White Auditorium City Conference Room 1 AB.

The zoning regulations have been the key focus of city and county administrators since the city/county joint comprehensive plan was approved two years ago. For more information visit www.Lyoncounty.org and click on the Planning and Zoning link under the government drop-down tab. You can also find Lyon County KS Planning/Zoning and Floodplain Management on Facebook.

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