The Marion County Board of Supervisors approved the final site plan for Sanctuary Garden Farms during their regular meeting on Jan. 14.

Sanctuary Garden Farms came before the board in September 2019, when the first of three public hearings was held in regards to rezoning the property for an organic farm and event/reception venue. The farm is located at 669 Highway 14, Otley.

After three public hearings, the supervisors approved the rezoning of the property to commercial agriculture restricted in October. Sanctuary Garden Farms will include gardens, an orchard, a packing shed, amenities for “glamorous camping”, and a party barn that could host wedding receptions or similar events.

The site plan was approved by the zoning commission on Dec. 17.

In other news:

• The board approved the continuation of county funding and space to IMPACT, an organization that deals with the symptoms and causes of poverty in central Iowa. The board will give $5,000 to the organization again this year.

• The supervisors approved the reappointments of Keith Davis to the Marion County Zoning Commission and Linda Hicks to the Marion County Board of Adjustment. They also approved the appointment of Loren Van Wyk to the Marion County Board of Adjustments.

Emma Skahill can be reached at eskahill@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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