Woodbury Planners OK Livestock On Property

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Several discussions were held Tuesday night (Aug. 16) during the monthly meeting of the Woodbury Planning Commission. Commission members Joe Hawkins, Dotty Duggin, Sue Patrick, and Bill Jennings along with Chairman Jimmy Barrett and Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick were present for the meeting.

After approval of minutes of last month's meeting, and comments about the upkeep of the square, the Commission turned their attention to the various discussions.

The first discussion was a clarification of grandfathered uses. Two particular cases were brought up. One city resident on West High Street had a horse on his property. The horse has been there since 2005 but the city enacted an ordinance adopted in 2007. This particular case would be considered grandfathered in and the resident would be allowed to keep the horse on his property.

The second case brought up was concerning some cows on property on Powell Street. The same rule applied if the cows were on the property before the ordinance took effect in 2007.

The second discussion involved the possible change of meeting time of the commission. Last month, the new planning service requested that the meeting times for the town of Woodbury's planning commission and the Cannon County Planning Commission be held on the same day one hour apart from each other. It was brought to light that the County Planning Commission elected not to utilize a planning service therefore the meeting times will stay the same.

The planning service plans to review the zoning ordinance for update or possible amendments for future projects in Woodbury. The discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Town Of Woodbury Public Works Director Alan Paschal gave a report on the road construction. The paving is almost complete and should be finished today. The state has also fixed the traffic light problems at Main and College.

Woodbury resident Michael Wiedlemann thanked the Woodbury Planning Commission and Paschal for their help and advice. Wiedlemann's property would end up flooded whenever a heavy rain came through because of a neighbor's property set up. The neighbor agreed to help solve the problem and is currently working on a wall that will keep the water from rolling downhill and flooding Wiedlemann's house and yard.

The next scheduled meeting of the Woodbury Planning Commission is September 20.
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