Town Board seeks to ward off CAFO farms

The Gardner Town Board Wednesday decided to move forward with a mega-farm ordinance aimed at heading off development of large animal operations. While no plans have been announced, town officials want to take a proactive approach, ordering the town Plan Commission to work with Door County’s Soil Conservation Department to write regulations ahead of any potential development of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO).

Gardner Town Chairman Jon Koch said he attended a meeting of Little Sturgeon property owners who expressed concern about odor, spreading manure on local fields and the impact such an operation would have on the water in Green Bay.

Town officials expect to model the local ordinance on a similar law adopted by the town of Casco in Kewaunee County in 2007.

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