Jo Co Hosts Public Meetings on Zoning

The P&Z public meeting Thursday night at BHS
The P&Z public meeting Thursday night at BHS

The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission hosted two public meetings Wednesday in Kaycee and Thursday in Buffalo to gather comments, opinions and input on the proposed zoning regulations they have worked more than two years compiling.

Margaret Smith-Braniff, Chairperson of the Planning and Zoning Commission, addressed the crowd and explained the document and what the Commission hoped to get from those in attendence.

The majority of the crowd seemed to be at the least not opposed to zoning regulations, but there were some specific questions and concerns with parts of the proposed regulations.

Questions about costs to the County if regulations are implemented were addressed, as were tax changes that could result from zoning.

One citizen was openly against zoning regulations, saying zoning was an infringement on individual liberties, calling the regulations a “slippery slope” that could lead to more regulations, including building, codes in the future.

County Planner Rob Yingling said after the meetings that they went well, he thought, and comments taken will be implemented into the proposed regulations from these and future meetings.

The next public meetings will be October 1th2 at the Kaycee School and October 13th at Buffalo High School. Both meetings will begin at 7 pm.

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