Zoning Changes Allow Formerly Illegal Hog Farm To Continue
MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- The Glades County Commission approved this week a zoning change allowing a pre-existing zoning violation to continue at a hog farm south of Moore Haven on US Highway 27.
The A.C.L. Group, Inc. gained a requested zoning change to 3 acres of a 20-acre parcel on US 27 south of Moore Haven, from Industrial Heavy ID2 Zoning to Open Use Agriculture. The change was approved based on recommendations of the Glades County Planning Commission, and county staff. The Motion carried 4-1, with Commissioner Donna Storter dissenting.
The public hearing Tuesday morning was continued from the October 26 commission meeting upon request of ACL Group, who has now complied with code enforcement directions by removing the animals (but not farm equipment and facility) from an on-site swine operation, which was not allowed in the current zoning. The agricultural zoning will now allow the swine farm operation on three acres in the east [back] end of the property.
Such use has drawn opposition from adjoining landowners and other concerned citizens. Weight to be given testimony of expert witnesses was discussed by the Commissoners, as the County Planning Commission members were designated as 'expert witnesses.'
The Glades County Planning Commission met September 8, 2009 with a quorum of members, and voted 3-2 to recommend the zoning change, stating the change is consistent with the county�s future land use plan and compatible with existing neighborhood zoning.
The Glades County Planning Commission members are Jack Wilson, Ellen Beers, Mike Lee, Shannon Hall, Greg Margerum, Steve Dobbs and Sam Griffin.