Change to comp plan turns heated

A proposed amendment to change Adams County's comprehensive plan for future land use turned into a heated discussion Monday about landowner rights.

During a public hearing, the Adams County Planning and Zoning Commission attempted a change in the proposed future use of a quarter-mile wide strip of land along U.S. Highway 281 from the village of Ayr south to the Webster County line.

The matter was not to actually change the zoning of any property, which currently has an agriculture designation, but to amend the county's comprehensive plan to make it easier for landowners down the road. The planned use of the strip of land would change to transitional agriculture and allow more houses per quarter-section.

A change in the comprehensive plan could be helpful to Tim and Amanda Hoffman, who want to build a new house within the next five years on their property.

"This would be consistent with the future land use plan along Highway 281 north of Ayr to the city of Hastings," said Adams County Planning and Zoning Director Judy Mignery. "The applicant would like to build a dwelling there in the future to be closer to his farming operation."

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