Controversial Compost Site

Controversial compost site update.

AMENDMENT 63 gets approval of the Cass County Board of Commissioners -- The new county zoning amendment keeps the size limit of composting operations in rec/ag zoning to five acres but now allows the introduction of up to 1,000 cubic yards of food waste per year. The introduction of meat and dairy waste products are prohibited; only fruits and vegetables are allowed. The emission of odor is prohibited.

Board approval moves Polished Properties, the composting operation on 296th Street in northwest Cass County, closer to adding food waste to its compost mix. The operation still has to obtain a conditional use permit from the county before the food waste can be added.

The request for the permit will include a proposal on monitoring odor. “We will have a good odor management plan,” said Andy Harpeneau of Polished Properties. Odor is one of the main concerns of those with homes and cabins at nearby Horseshoe Lake and of some other property owners in the area.

The Cass County Planning Commission had recommended (on a 4 to 3 vote) against approval of Amendment 63. Some commission members had concerns about the subjectivity of dealing with possible odors and the related complaints.

The county board vote implementing Amendment 63 was 4 to 1.

The conditional use permit request will go before the planning commission before going to the county board for a final decision.

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