The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors this week eyeballed a series of meetings that will be held around the county to get public comment on a new comprehensive plan.
While the cost of the $80,000 project will be paid with a grant to the county, there still remains a lot of legwork before any final changes are made in how the county regulates building and other issues throughout rural areas of Buena Vista County. JEO of Wahoo, Neb., is the company with which the county has contracted to redraft the comprehensive plan.
Drastic changes in the county over just the past few years have made redrafting a new comprehensive plan necessary. Increased building of livestock confinements has grown dramatically just as have requests for rural subdivisions, something the supervisors have recognized as possibly posing a natural source of conflict.
The first meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 in the Sioux Rapids Legion Hall. That will be followed Tuesday, Feb. 7 with meetings at 1 p.m. at the Newell Council Chambers, intended for rural Newell residents; 4 p.m. at the Alta Council Chambers; and 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Council Chambers.
Issues facing the county include business and industrial development, rural sewers, drinking water, county parks and farm ground protection.
County Zoning Director Kim Johnson told the supervisors Tuesday that JEO has compiled preliminary data on towns in the county, with the exception of Storm Lake.
Storm Lake is currently conducting a growth and development study, according to City Clerk Justin Yarosevich who also noted that the City of Storm Lake completed its own comprehensive plan several years ago.
Johnson said JEO will ask what improvements the citizens of the county want to see.