Lyon County Commission votes 2-1 to approve new zoning regulations Featured

Lyon County commissioners listen to public comment after approving new zoning regulations Thursday. Lyon County commissioners listen to public comment after approving new zoning regulations Thursday. Lyon County Commission Facebook screenshot

A roughly four-year effort to adjust Lyon County’s zoning regulations came to a conclusion Thursday morning.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to approve a recommendation from the Lyon County Planning and Appeals Board to accept the fifth draft of the new regulations. Commission Chairman Rollie Martin was the lone no-vote stating there is not enough community support to warrant approving the document as it currently stands.

Many county residents have openly voiced their opposition to the new regulations throughout the entirety of the drafting process. Chief among them has been Allen resident Angel Cushing who took time during the meeting’s public comment period to voice her displeasure with the decision.

 

Commissioners Scott Briggs and Doug Peck both voted in favor of the regulations. Briggs stated during and after the meeting that the commission’s main objective is to protect agriculture within the county. He believes the new regulations are the best way to ensure that happens.

 

Commissioner Peck declined to comment on the matter.

Martin says the regulations will not go into effect immediately, as there are still a few steps the county needs to take before that happens.

 

Word on when those items will see action is currently pending.

Thursday’s decision culminates an effort now several years in the making to update both the zoning guidelines and the city-county comprehensive plan at a cost of over $400,000 total, which was split between the city of Emporia and Lyon County. The comprehensive plan was approved in November 2017. The city's version of the zoning regulations is still working through the process.

In other business, commissioners formally approved the county’s contract with new Public Health Officer Dr. Ladun Oyenuga. Dr. Oyenuga takes over as Health Officer following the resignation of Renee Hively from the position late last year.

The contract will be a one-year $12,000 agreement with the contract set to automatically renew on an annual basis.

Dr. Oyenuga took a moment to speak with KVOE News and says she is settling well into her new role.

 

The Lyon County Commission will reconvene for its weekly action session next Thursday inside the Lyon County Courthouse.

Click here for the full zoning plan.

10 am Thursday:  New zoning plan approved for Lyon County

Lyon County has a new set of zoning regulations.

County commissioners approved the fifth draft on a 2-1 vote Thursday, despite vocal opposition leading into the action meeting and heavy opposition afterward. Commissioners Scott Briggs and Doug Peck supported the new regulations, saying it the best way to protect agriculture. Commission Chair Rollie Martin voted against, mentioning the lack of community support.

The decision culminates an effort now several years in the making to update both the zoning guidelines and the city-county comprehensive plan at a cost of over $400,000 total, which was split between the city of Emporia and Lyon County. The comprehensive plan was approved in November 2017. The city's version of the zoning regulations is still working through the process.

 

Lyon County Zoning fact sheet

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