Super Dairy Putting Down Roots In Town of Little Black 2/14/17
The 4,000 cow super dairy farm is knocking on the Town of Little Black’s door again. On Friday, North Breeze Dairy submitted a revised application to the DNR for a manure storage permit. A permit was also filed with the Taylor County Land Conservation Committee.
At a Tuesday morning meeting, which was attended by just over 20 people, the committee grappled with how to handle the revised application. North Breeze has purchased 100 acres southwest of Stetsonville. The revised plans reduced the number of buildings from 6 to 3 barns. The manure storage pit would be constructed of solid concrete with a capacity of 59 million gallons of manure. The facility’s target is to be a 4000 cow dairy facility with a nutrient management plan that would require 5400 acres to spread manure.
Kim Lewandowski told the committee that she lives near the proposed dairy site. She asked why the committee wasn’t addressing the issue of how the dairy’s high capacity well would affect neighboring water wells. County Zoning Administrator Kyle Noonan replied that Taylor County has no regulations regarding neighboring wells. It was further noted that the Attorney General has given the opinion that the DNR has no jurisdiction regarding neighboring drinking water except for how it affects municipalities such as Stetsonville.
Steve Suchomel told the committee that on Monday night the Town of Little Black held a public hearing regarding zoning ordinances for the township. He said that a special meeting of the Town Board will be Wednesday, February 15th a 4:00 P.M. in the Little Black Town Hall with the intent of adopting zoning. Under the proposed zoning rules any new dairy farm in the Town of Little Black with over 500 animal units would need to be located in a corridor adjacent to a major county highway.
It was indicated that a building permit which was requested by North Breeze was rejected by the town clerk because of a moratorium on heavy construction. The Land Conservation Committee is required by County Code to render a decision within 30 working days. The DNR has up to 180 days to render a decision. The Committee voted to postpone a decision until sufficient information is received from the DNR.