Douglas County Commissioners approved a seven-page findings of facts document regarding their decision to deny a conditional use permit.
The permit was for a feedlot expansion. Steven Trisco and his son, Orry Trisco, wanted to expand their dairy and beef farm to include swine – 2,400 pigs ranging in size from 55 to 300 pounds.
The farm is in Osakis township, north of the City of Osakis, at the intersection of Bird Lake Road NE and County Road 3.
The document, approved at the Tuesday, March 17, regular board meeting, included nine bulleted items for the statement of procedural history and background, along with the six findings of fact.
In the findings of fact, it was stated. “The applicants have failed in their burden of proof to establish the factors necessary for the granting of the conditional use permit.”
It was also stated that as the project was currently proposed, the use is not sufficiently compatible with, or separated by distance from, adjacent rural-residential land uses. The commissioners also found that the proposed use is not reasonably related to the existing land uses in that area.
It is also not consistent with the purposes of the zoning ordinance and the zoning district in which the property sits, according to the findings of fact. And lastly, the findings state that the proposed use is not consistent with the Land Use Plan of the County.
Based on all of the factors and the information gathered, the commissioners found that the denial of the conditional use permit advances the health, safety and/or welfare of the occupants of the surrounding lands, both now and into the future.