North Florida Holsteins violates Special Use Permit

By John M Ayers
Gilchrist County officials held a code violation hearing involving North Florida Holsteins not having a Special Use Permit in place regarding the expansion of the dairy on CR 232 west in Bell.
At the Tuesday, April 9 hearing, Chiefland attorney Greg Beauchamp represented North Florida Holsteins. Beauchamp presented an application for Special Use Permit to Gilchrist County involving the code violation complaint 2012-C18.
In a letter dated July 25, 2012, Gilchrist County Planner Laura Dedenbach reported to the County that the expansion of the dairy operation would require North Florida Holsteins apply for a Special Use Permit to be in compliance with the Gilchrist County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code.
She noted that part of the expansion was remote from the dairy property and involved use of land designated as Silviculture/Agriculture within the Waccasassa Flats.
It was reported that this remote parcel is being used for the spreading of solids from the dairy and is included as part of the dairy permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Dedenbach pointed out because it is included as part of the dairy permitted by DEP, it must be included in the site plan, which must be filed as part of the SUP application.
Dedenbach noted that under the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code high intensity agriculture operations are not allowed within Silviculture/Agriculture Land.
A Notice of Code Violation dated December 18, 2012 identifies that corrective action would require North Florida Holsteins begin action within 30 days of applying for a SUP.
The hearing over complaint 2012-C18 will be continued on May 20, 2013, before the Gilchrist County Commissioners. At that time, county officials will consider the Special Use Permit. If it is denied by the Gilchrist County Commissioners, it will go before a hearing officer.

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