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City Council plans special hearing on removing parcel from city jurisdiction

Newman Grove City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss a possible amendment to the city’s extra-territorial zoning jurisdiction.
The hearing will deal specifically with property at 82320 538th Avenue, which lies within the city’s current one-mile zoning jurisdiction.
Last summer, Alex and Sheana Banks, owners of the property, had received a city building permit to construct a building that they later determined would be used for a kennel.
Current city regulations require that kennels be located at least 100 feet away from the nearest residence. The building is located about 53 feet from the Banks’ residence. However, there is no other neighboring residence within the setback distance.
On June 21, in an effort to resolve the situation, Newman Grove Mayor John Wyant brought a request to the Madison County Joint Planning Commission, asking that the Banks’ property be eliminated from the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction in order to come under the county’s zoning regulations.

Read the complete story in the June 27 Albion News, Print and E-Editions.