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Supervisors acknowledge P&Z report

Zoning discussion draws standing-room-only crowd to courthouse
By Linda Wenger | Jun 04, 2013
County zoning administrator Steve Lafaurie is seated next to Don Kline, chairman of the Washington County Planning and Zoning Commission. Kline presented the commission’s report on the impact of rescinding zoning. An overflow crowd was on hand and some attendees stood in the hallway outside of the Board of Supervisors’ Room.

Not everyone who wanted to attend the Washington County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Tuesday morning, was able to get into the room where the meeting was held. Some of the audience members were not pleased with the way the meeting ended.
County residents Les Zickefoose and Harold Frakes had hoped the supervisors would have voted on the future of the county zoning ordinance. To their dismay, they found out that they have to wait another week to find out what will come next.
The Board of Supervisors acknowledged the report about the impact of rescinding the zoning ordinance as presented by Don Kline, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was accompanied by zoning administrator Steve Lafaurie.
Kline went over the report, point by point, with the commission’s recommendation. The commission recommended retaining the zoning ordinance. Kline said the commission hopes the supervisors will work with the commission on making changes to the ordinance.
Supervisor Stan Stoops, who wants to rescind zoning, repeated his stance during the meeting. He said he wants to “get rid of everything,” including the current commission. He said the commission was “100 percent lopsided” and that the commission shouldn’t have been that way.  He also made a motion to begin the process of rescinding the ordinance, which was seconded by Supervisor Bob  Yoder.
An objection was made from the audience. Kalona News reporter Dan Ehl thought the motion violated Iowa’s Open Meetings law.
County attorney Larry Brock said the motion did not violate the Open Meetings Law and the supervisors could act on the motion.
However, Stoops withdrew his motion and Yoder withdrew his second. Stoops asked Brock for a detailed list and time schedule of the procedure the board needs to go through to rescind zoning.
Supervisor Steve Davis said that he voted no on zoning in the past, but that over the years some good things and some bad came from the ordinance. He hopes to amend and change the ordinance.
Read a more detailed report on the meeting in Wednesday’s Washington Evening Journal.

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