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EUREKA - Action by the county board following zoning board of appeals' (ZBA) hearings continued to be a topic of discussion at the monthly meeting on June 18. At issue were applications for special use permits for private heliports to be built on land zoned agricultural and whether proper procedures were followed by the ZBA during the aforementioned hearings.

The county board returned two petitions to the ZBA, as they cited the possibility the hearings may not have been conducted properly when it came to public testimony.  

Concerns were also raised about the county regulations for the tall structures ordinance and whether it complies with state and Federal Aviation Association (FAA) requirements. 

In addition, the county board recently rejected a special use permit for a solar farm project to be located on the southwest corner of town. Eventually, Judge Charles Feeney overturned that decision, as he indicated the board did not act appropriately.

“You’ve got to have a good reason to send it back,” State's Attorney Greg Minger commented. “We need to make sure we are not delaying it.”

According to Minger, the county board cannot deny permits approved by the ZBA, but they can send the issues back to them for further review.

See article on June 27 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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