Public outcry over a confined feeding operation that recently gained approved from the Board of Zoning Appeals has found county residents on both sides of the issue voicing their concerns and opinions.

According to the Director of the Area Plan Commission Bill Todd, public concerns have risen not over the approval of the operation as much as its proximity to the city limits of Rushville.

The Area Plan Commission will be hosting a public meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Assembly Room of the Rush County Courthouse.

According to Todd, invitations have been extended to the county commissioners, the county APC and BZA boards, the newly formed city zoning committee, county and city council members, the Rush County ECDC and Rushville Mayor Bob Bridges.

“The purpose of the meeting is to gain positive input into what zones would be appropriate for those areas outside the city limits but adjacent to the city,” Todd said.

He continued by saying that perhaps a buffer zone of a mile or two radius outside the city limits would be a possible solution but that remains to be seen. The public is asked to attend and let their voices be heard.

“We are looking for positive solutions that can we can use as a guide. Those solutions or plans will then be taken back to the commissioners for approval. The possible outcome may be to rezone some areas in an effort to establish what is sought from the city’s perspective as well as what is in the best interest of the county,” Todd said.

He was quick to point out that the meeting will have no effect on current properties and zones already established and approved by the BZA or APC. Properties already approved are now governed by grandfather clauses with stipulations prohibiting expansions.

“We have no intentions of shutting anyone down or keeping anyone that is operating now from operating in the future. We are just planning for the future,” Todd said.

Todd feels the meeting will be a pro-active measure that will help county legislators gain useful community input and information that will in turn help the commissioners make easier decisions on zoning issues in the future.



Frank Denzler can be contacted at (765) 932-2222 or via e-mail at

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