County to consider zoning requests
The Leavenworth County Commissioners will consider on Thursday applications for three special-use permits.
Robert and Linda Bethard, Linwood, are requesting permission to start a stone engraving business at 21728 Linwood Road.
Tony and Vicki Athon are requesting permission to establish a dog kennel north of Donahoo Road.
The third application involves Holy Field Winery and Vineyards, located on U.S. Highway 24-40 and 158th Street. Lester Meyer and Michelle Meyer Havey are requesting a special-use permit for the reception room at the vineyard.
Linda Zacher, a planner for Leavenworth County, as well as for the city of Tonganoxie, said that although Holy Field applied for their first permit five years ago, they really didn't need it at that time.
"Wineries and their retail shops are considered agricultural uses by the state of Kansas and they would not be required to obtain a special-use permit," Zacher said. "However, they have added a reception room and that does have to be regulated by a special-use permit in the county."
Special-use permits or conditional-use permits are provided so that businesses and very small businesses that might not be included in another type of district, such as commerce or industry, can be added to a rural district, Zacher said.
"We reserve the special-use permit so that we can add conditions or restrictions to keep the businesses from being a nuisance to their neighbors," Zacher said.