County Board approves zoning amendment without fee

After an hour of discussion, the Scotts Bluff County Board Monday voted to approve an amendment to the County Zoning Regulations.

The motion approved on a 3-2 vote with Commissioners Steve Stratton and Mark Masterton voting no requires a zoning permit for uninhabited structures in Agricultural Zoning Districts, but does not require any permit fee. The initial proposal had a $100 fee to help cover anticipated extra costs for County Planner Billy Mabin.

The intent of the new regulation is to approve the location of buildings in regards to setback regulations and determine whether they meet usage requirements. But Stratton and several citizens in the audience maintained it was a burdensome regulation that charged people for duplication of services already being provided.

Commissioner Ken Meyer made the motion that was ultimately approved, reiterating the amendment is designed to protect the owner of the buildings from making costly building mistakes and allow the county to get notice about the construction of outbuildings, which does not regularly occur.

Meyer said the proposed $100 fee was the thing most people objected to, and if Mabin verifies that the new regulation is causing him to spend too much money, they will make a budget adjustment.

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