WINFIELD | The Town Council has reversed restrictive setback requirements for various zoning classifications at the recommendation of the Plan Commission.
A unanimous vote earlier this week on an ordinance amending the town code’s land usage provisions also established a new buffer requirement for future development in specific zoning districts.
“Prior councils made (the setback requirements) really restrictive,” said Town Council President Gerald Stiener. “This takes it back to where it was.”
In addition, the new ordinance requires a 50-foot buffer screening any new agricultural, commercial or planned development that abuts a residential district.
Plan Commission Attorney Adam Sworden said the new buffer requirements were significant in the case of an agricultural business.
Such a business might construct a pole barn on its property, he said. In severe weather, the pole barn might blow down.
“We don’t want it to fall into a home,” Sworden said.