AUBURN – Nemaha County commissioners renewed discussion Wednesday about pursuing countywide zoning.

Commissioner Bob Weiss said zoning could help Nemaha County to ensure proper installation of infrastructure and skyline protections. He noted that zoning regulations allowed Otoe County to respond to public reaction regarding a plan for a large wind farm.

Weiss said zoning regulations do not stop development.

Commissioners Bryan Mellage and Mike Hall said they are still trying to decide if zoning is desirable for Nemaha County. The commissioners said public involvement will be important if the county proceeds.

Nemaha and Richardson counties are joined by Butler County as a trio in their planning region that do not have a zoning ordinance in effect and Nemaha is one of six counties in the state that has adopted a comprehensive development plan, but did not pass regulations. Nemaha County adopted its development plan in 2002, but the 22-year-old plan does not mention developments like wind and solar farms.

Nebraska Association of County Officials recommends updating plans every five to 10 years.

Nebraska counties without zoning by the spring of 2024:

  • Banner
  • Blaine
  • Platte
  • Butler
  • Nuckolls
  • Nemaha
  • Richardson
  • Dixon
  • Wayne
  • Thurston

 

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