The Marion County Board of Supervisors held three public hearings during their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 10.

The first public hearing was held in regard to a proposed zoning change for an organic vegetable farm and event/reception venue for Sanctuary Garden Farms, LLLP. The proposed change would rezone the area from agricultural to commercial agricultural restricted.

Representatives from Sanctuary Garden Farms provided background about the proposed plan for the farm, which will include gardens, an orchard, a packing shed, amenities for glamorous camping, and a party barn that could host wedding receptions and similar events. The farm’s proposed address would be 669 Highway 14, Otley.

The owners of the property adjacent to the proposed farm also spoke during the public hearing, expressing concerns about potential noise from the party barn, as well as safety concerns that could arise.

Following the public hearing, the board approved the first reading of the proposed zoning map chance ordinance. Further action and discussion on this ordinance will be discussed during the second and third readings at upcoming meetings.

The second public hearing was in regards to a proposed zoning change for the Dennison family property, located west of the VA campus. The proposed change would rezone the property from highway commercial to one- and two-family residential.

After closing the public hearing, the board approved the first reading of the ordinance and waived the second and third readings, formally approving the zoning change.

The final public hearing was held in regards to vacating a public right-of-way segment of road on Jesup Drive. County Engineer Tyler Christian provided information on the right-of-way vacation. The board approved to vacate the road right-of-ways after closing the public hearing.

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

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