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Planning and Zoning for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

By Jim Schwab

Rural communities are often unprepared to handle the challenges presented by high-density animal feed lots. This report looks at potential impacts, possible approaches, and regulatory options.

Published by APA Planning Advisory Service, 1998

Format: Paperback, 44 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-884829-26-0

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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 communities, the practical challenges of acquiring needed expertise to evaluate proposed uses, and the environmental and social impacts that can be expected from this industry. It offers regulatory alternatives for local communities based on the realities of their own legal and enforcement capacities.

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