Supervisors Shorten Pipeline Setbacks

by Brian Wilson
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–The Kossuth County Board of Supervisors changed the setback distances that will be included in the zoning amendment to regulate the use of land for a hazardous liquid pipeline during their meeting Tuesday morning. Prior to approving the 2nd reading of the amended zoning ordinance, the Supervisors approved a resolution changing the setback distances from what had been previously suggested. County Auditor Tammy Eden outlined the changes prior to their approval.

The board is also adjusting the setbacks for other areas near the proposed pipeline route.

Kossuth County’s current zoning ordinance does not cover hazardous liquid pipelines, so it is being amended to help regulate where a proposed carbon capture pipeline can be buried. Chairman Kyle Stecker says that changing the setbacks at this time will not delay final adoption of the ordinance.

While he wouldn’t go into specifics, Stecker says the idea to change the setbacks came after the board held a closed session with their pipeline attorney Timothy Whipple last week. The board voted 4-1 to approve the new setbacks with Jack Plathe voting against the changes. Following the vote, the board approved the 2nd reading of the amended zoning ordinance, once again on a 4-1 vote.

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