The Livingston County Planning and Zoning Commission will have a public hearing Monday evening to consider a conditional use permit for construction of a 5 million gallon storage lagoon for wastewater from food processing plants east of Chillicothe.
The Livingston County Planning and Zoning Commission will have a public hearing Monday evening to consider a conditional use permit for construction of a 5 million gallon storage lagoon for wastewater from food processing plants east of Chillicothe. Terra Renewal Services, Inc., of Dardanelle, Ark., has applied for a conditional use permit to construct on private property a waste storage basin for industrial food residuals for land application as a soil amendment or as an organic fertilizer. The conditional use permit is up for discussion because the land currently is zoned agriculture. The location is on LIV 261, approximately 4 miles east of Chillicothe and 1 mile north of U.S. Highway 36. The proposed basin would measure 215 feet by 300 feet long and be 20 feet deep. The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Livingston County Associate Division Courtroom, on the second floor of the courthouse. The Livingston County Commission will then have a public hearing regarding the same request at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Commission Room on the second floor of the courthouse. A public notice announcing both hearings was published in the Aug. 17 Constitution-Tribune. The Planning and Zoning Commission is comprised of one representative from each of the county’s 13 townships. The commission meets to hear applications regarding conditional use permits, rezoning requests and requests for amendments to zoning. County Zoning Administrator Mark Shockey stated that the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday could take one of three actions regarding the permit request: recommend approval of the permit, recommend that the permit should not be approved, or continue the case to give members more time to study the issue and gather additional information. Once the committee does make a recommendation, the matter will be sent to the three-member Livingston County Commission, which will conduct a public hearing and then decide whether to issue the permit to Terra Renewal Services, Inc. Shockey stated that a certain set of criteria must be met before the Planning and Zoning Commission could approve the permit. The permit application was made by Marcus Tilley, of Terra Renewal Services, Inc. The C-T was unable to reach Tilley for additional details regarding the request Wednesday afternoon. The property in question is currently zoned for agriculture. Although product from the storage lagoon would have agricultural purpose, it would be a commercial storage facility. David Beck, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, will open the hearing Monday evening, and Shockey will then explain the application. The hearing will then be opened for questions and comments by the committee as well as members of the public. Beck noted that the job of the Planning and Zoning Commission is to determine whether that practice is permittable by the zoning law that is set up by Livingston County, and then pass that determination if it meets requirements. Livingston County Clerk Sherry Parks stated that public input during the public hearings is considered in part of the decision-making process by the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as the County Commission.