Montgomery County

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Officials are one step closer to finalizing regulations on commercial-scale farms in Montgomery County, after the county plan commission selected members for a confined feeding operation study committee Monday.

The plan commission selected 13 members for the committee: four farmers, four rural residents, two realtors, two school officials and one member of the plan commission itself – Ashley Adair.

Adair says her goal is to both research the impact of CFOs and to get community input.

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Montgomery County is searching for ways to improve travel and roadways, and Crawfordsville is at the center of that discussion. Intercity train travel took a hit late last month with the loss of the Hoosier State Line. So how is Crawfordsville working to improve transportation and travel for residents?

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Zoning is still a sore spot for Montgomery County residents, many of whom came to the county plan commission’s Wednesday meeting to ask for more thought on how to regulate confined feeding operations, or CFOs.

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A meeting to discuss an addition to the Montgomery County Comprehensive Plan was disrupted Monday night due to questions of transparency. The addition would cover road and infrastructure development.

Montgomery County officials and HWC Engineering scheduled the Monday meeting to gather public input.

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Montgomery County’s first-ever comprehensive plan, passed earlier this year, outlines a list of desired land uses in the county, as well as what the residents would like to keep out. On that second list? Low-income housing.

Crawfordsville sits at the heart of the county’s housing debate, and city officials complain the market is oversaturated with subsidized and low-income units. But oversaturation is difficult to define.

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Montgomery County now has a board to enforce its new zoning rules. Commissioners approved three appointees to the new Board of Zoning Appeals Monday morning.

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A requested permit to open a confined feeding operation, or CFO, has some residents in Montgomery County concerned.

The permit was submitted by Bowlder Ridge LLC. Documents from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management say the request, submitted May 21, is for a farm of 8,800 hogs near the small town of Linden.

Monty Eldridge, a county resident who lives near the proposed site, says he received a notice from IDEM about the requested permit. He says he’s gone door to door to speak with other residents.

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The Montgomery County Area Plan Commission has passed the county’s contentious zoning ordinance, following another night of debate Wednesday.

The Plan Commission had earlier tried to send county commissioners the ordinance without a recommendation, but it was sent back to the Plan Commission following a re-reading of state statute which shows such a move is illegal for a first-time zoning ordinance.

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A final vote on Montgomery County’s first zoning ordinance will have to wait until after elected leaders sort out the proper process to move it forward.

County commissioners removed the proposal from the agenda of their Monday meeting, citing procedural issues. Now, the proposed ordinance has to go before the plan commission a second time before the commissioners can vote on it.

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Residents in Montgomery County are concerned they’re being left in the dark when it comes to the future of their community. That was the main message during a meeting of the county’s Area Plan Commission Wednesday evening, which included a public hearing on a proposed zoning ordinance.

County commissioners say the zoning ordinance is needed because they’re being threatened with a lawsuit by a wind energy company. Commissioners argue they can’t address some residents’ concerns about wind turbines without a comprehensive plan and zoning in place.

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