(Dwight Merriam represents developers, local governments, landowners, and advocacy groups in land development and conservation issues and has contributed to The Saint Report. This article is reprinted from the International Municipal Lawyers Association – Local Government Blog)
A couple of weeks ago, the South Dakota Supreme Court in Anderson v. Town of Badger held that a town had the power to grant a waiver of a distance requirement set by Kingsbury County for a CAFO. Click here for the decision. http://www.sdjudicial.com/opinions/downloads/y2009/25045.pdf.
Wait a minute. Why wouldn’t you want to live near a CAFO? What’s a CAFO? It’s not Community Association Facility Operations. It’s not Centralized Area of Fun Outside …no, it’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, something akin to dinner time at my fraternity house in the mid-1960s…
Click here to read about a dairy CAFO proposed with 10,000 cows. http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=89749. Of course, there’s an anti-CAFO group out there – F.A.R.M. – “Families Against Rural Messes” – http://www.farmweb.org.
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