Development Review


Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Working Group


Intent and Purpose

In September 2018, the Lancaster Board of Commissioners voted to establish a Working Group to review Lancaster County current zoning regulations regarding CAFOs. Commercial feedlots, also known as CAFOs, is a use allowed by special permit in the AG Agriculture District. Currently, the zoning regulation has only one condition for the special permit: a statement from the Department of Environmental Quality regarding whether the facility needs to provide anti-pollution controls. This does allow for flexibility in requiring additional conditions if needed by the County Board on a case by case basis. This has led to uncertainty and debate on what conditions should be required.

The Working Group will assist staff in identifying issues and developing standards.

The Working Group will:

  • Review and provide information;
  • Provide comment, insight and suggestions;
  • Assist in the process;
  • Assist in identifying challenges;
  • Review zoning regulations in other counties;
  • Review roles of State agencies pertaining to CAFOs;
  • Make recommendations for conditions pertaining to the special permit.

Meeting Information

March 13, 2019

12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 214, County-City Building

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March 27, 2019

12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 214, County-City Building

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April 10, 2019

12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 210, County-City Building

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May 8, 2019

12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 214, County-City Building

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May 22, 2019

12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 214, County-City Building

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June 27, 2019

5:30-7:00 p.m., Scott Middle School, 2200 Pine Lake Road

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July 11, 2019

12:00-1:30 p.m., Room 214, City - County Building, 555 S. 10th Street

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