DORRANCE TWP. — The township planning commission Monday night put on hold until its August meeting zoning regulations intended to control the siting of concentrated animal feeding operations.
After a lengthy debate on proposals to the township code submitted by attorney Don Karpowich, solicitor, the commission decided to study the matter further, although it was the opinion of the four commissioners in attendance, Jim Martinchek, Kirk Buchanan, Bill Wengrzynek and Bill Eckrote that CAFOs are a serious problem.
Buchanan said, “We don’t property values being diminished and the odor issues associated with CAFOs.”
There was a proposal on the table to specify the amount of land and housing structures for animals being situated near existing dwellings, but the board didn’t take direct action. Instead the commissioners took under consideration a suggestion by Buchanan that potential CAFO sites would have to be proportional to the number of animals being housed on a property. “The more animals, the larger the tilable land,” Buchanan said.
“We don’t need to rush to judgment,” Karpowich said. Thereafter, the board deferred action.
Karpowich presented changes in the township zoning code that would exclude CAFOs from areas zoned agriculture without a prior conditional use hearing.