(DAVIESS CO.) - Daviess County joined over 80 other Hoosier counties with a comprehensive land use plan.
The Daviess County Commissioners unanimously passed the county-wide zoning ordinance Monday.
Outside the jurisdictions of Washington, Montgomery, and Odon, the majority of the county was zoned agricultural.
Special uses, such as mining and large confined feeding operations, would be allowed with a permit.
Existing non-conforming operations and land use are grandfathered by the new ordinance which takes effect January 1, 2014.
The zoning ordinance was the product of over two years of public meetings and input from industry and business leaders throughout Daviess County.
Commissioner Michael Taylor is the chair of the committee. He says the goal of the ordinance is to protect current property owners.
Taylor says the new ordinance was part of the economic plan for the county, since many industries and businesses will not locate in counties without a zoning plan.
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