Floyd County Supervisors Make Carbon Pipeline Ordinance Available to the Public
A week after Floyd County officials sparred over the process of establishing new zoning ordinances for possible construction of carbon pipelines in the County, the Board of Supervisors has decided to make the ordinance available to the general public.
During their meeting May 15th, Supervisor Chair Mark Kuhn questioned the Planning and Zoning Commission about their delay in meeting to discuss the ordinances. Kuhn expressed frustration to P&Z leaders, Dean Tjaden and Jeff Sherman, that they were “slow walking” their approach to the ordinance, drafted by Tim Whipple of Ahlers and Cooney. He noted that P&Z was given the ordinance for review on April 7th, but the commission’s first meeting on it isn’t scheduled until next month.
Tjaden said P&Z has been waiting to schedule a workshop session until the full complement of commissioners is available to meet, with June 13th the earliest date possible.
During the regular meeting Monday (05.22), Kuhn suggested the Board post the preliminary ordinance on the County website.
Kuhn said he emailed Tjaden last week about the intention of the Board to post the ordinance online, but there was no response. Supervisors voted 3-0 to make the preliminary ordinance in the “News & Announcements” on www.floydco.iowa.gov.
Of the three carbon capture pipeline projects being pursued in Iowa, two of the companies want to build sections of their pipelines in Floyd County.