Commercial agronomy plan gets approval of Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission

BEATRICE – A Pickrell man’s desire to establish an agronomy business has gotten preliminary approval from the Gage County Planning Commission.
Preston Oltman received a recommendation of approval on a special use permit application for a 60-by-100-foot wood frame and metal building in Highland Township, south of Cortland.

"The purpose of this building is to provide an easily accessible location for agronomy services and related products to growers in Gage County and the surrounding area. I plan to use this building as both an office space and storage facility from which I could operate out of. Pesticides would be temporarily stored in this building from February to approximately May or June each year....with the remaining space being used to house farm equipment for the remainder of the year."

The building would be located at 8053 South 25th Road. Oltman told the commission he picked the location for two main reasons.

"The first being a driveway with excellent visibility, limiting any safety risk to myself, my customers or others who frequently use that roadway. The second would be the limited impact it would have on the viewsheds of neighboring homes and properties. This property and its intended use would lead to a minor increase in traffic along South 25th Road between Highway 41 and Buckeye."

Oltman says the facility would house pre-packaged pesticide or fertilizer, not bulk containers…and would have interior containment measures, for anything spilled.

He said he’s encountered no opposition from neighboring property owners. Gage County Planning Commission Administrator Lisa Wiegand said 47 property owners were notified of the permit application and no objections have been raised.  There was no public testimony for or against the proposal, during a hearing before the commission Tuesday night. The commission recommended approval of the permit on a 6-0 vote. It now goes to the Gage County Board for a hearing, and action. That hearing would be held August 25th.

At the meeting Tuesday night, commission members voted to forward recommended changes in wind energy regulations to the Gage County Board, after making a few, mostly minor wording changes to the regulations.