Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (PAS 482)

By Jim Schwab

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Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have generated more land-use controversy than most rural areas have seen in decades. They often locate in communities that lack the planning and zoning tools to deal with their impacts. Matters are often complicated by state laws limiting local zoning authority over agriculture.

This report examines the regulatory options open to rural communiti...

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Dec. 1, 1998
APA Planning Advisory Service

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Jim Schwab

Table of Contents

1. The rear-view mirror and the road ahead

Industry trends • Changes in rural society • The road ahead

2. Key issues
Environmental issues • Economic Issues

3. The federal response

The Clean Water Act • The Unified National Strategy • Summary

4. State responses
The zoning debate • Nuisance laws • Corporate farming restrictions • Environmental permitting • Financial and technical assistance • Definitions • Lagoon cleanup

5. Local government resources

Comprehensive plan considerations • Zoning for CAFOs • Health and environmental standards

Appendix A List of references

Appendix B Sample ordinances