Brownstown Town Council is wisely moving toward more local control by exploring the process of establishing a town planning and zoning process.
The need for local control of zoning has long been discussed by town officials, but little action has followed. Until now.
The issue surfaced during the fall 2011 municipal elections that saw election of the current town council members. It really heated up this summer when a rural Brownstown man sought permission from the state and Jackson County planning and zoning officials for a 4,000-head confined animal feeding operation near town.
Many in the community approached town council members about fighting that proposal. But as council member Ben Lewis said in a recent story in The Tribune, the council’s hands were tied because the town does not have its own zoning regulations.
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