Should Scott County allow rural farmsteads and farm wineries to become destinations for large scale weddings and events? If no, tell us why. If yes, what types of restrictions do you support to lessen impact to neighboring landowners and the community at large?
18 Registered Statements
March 1, 2016, 8:21 PM
Scott County should not allow rural farmsteads and farm wineries to host large scale weddings. These types of events affect the quality of life for any surrounding neighbors by increasing traffic and noise. This can actually become dangerous for neighbors with horses or other large animals that can be easily startled or upset.
chris zwart inside District1
February 24, 2016, 8:03 AM
Absolutely not! We presently live next to one of these venues and for anyone of you that support it you should be required to live next to one for a summer! We bought our property 12 yrs. before this nonsense started,we bought it for the peace,quite and serenity of rural life and we actually live here unlike the business owner.We used to be able to hear a pin drop on any given night.Now we are forced to keep our windows and doors shut every Fri.,Sat & Sun. night from May til Nov. due to the excessive thumping of bass and amplified music and dust from the gravel road it is on.At the conditional use permit mtg. we brought up all of our concerns,not unfounded fears but issues we had already been forced to live with as this business had already been allowed by Scott county and Belle Plaine township to operate for an entire summer without a conditional permit for fear of lawsuits from brides and grooms.At the conditional use permit mtg. we waited a half hour for the business owner to arrive at her own mtg. and she was given 45 mins. to make her case for it.The people against it were given 3 minutes! There's democracy at work, huh?The points we brought up and the pictures and police reports we brought were'nt even looked at nor considered for 3 seconds before it was voted on and approved! One of the township board members,prior to mtg said and I quote "this would never go on next to my place" unquote. I guess its ok next to mine as he voted to approve it!Almost every condition of operating a extended home business has been disregarded by Scott county and their zoning dept. so that the business can remain open.Whatever agreements were made at the Cond. mtg for this venue to open have been swept under the rug, so if you believe the contracts these people sign will be upheld you will be sadly disappointed.When we bring issues to our township mtgs. we are told and I quote" If you don't like it you can move" just what you want to hear after you work over 30 yrs to afford your land! When brought to the attention of the owner she told us she would come down and discuss possible solutions. That was last Sept. and still a no show! If anyone believes these are unsubstantiated issues just Google "neighbors who have problems with wedding barns" and you'll find over 700,000 responses as these things are destroying the quality of life for thousands across the country.
Trish Edlund inside District2
March 1, 2016, 5:00 PM
I do not support Scott County allowing rural farmsteads and farm wineries to become destinations for large scale weddings and events in areas that are zoned residential, which would include the following zoning classifications: RR-1 = Rural Residential Reserve District RR-1C = Rural Residential Reserve Cluster District RR-2 = Rural Residential Single Family District RR-3 = Residential Suburban Single Family District.
Barn weddings may conjure up a lovely bucolic image, but the impact that this type of business has on the surrounding neighbors and residents is profound. This is a for-profit business that will be hosting hundreds of people on site in addition to generating noise from bands and hiring outside liquor vendors to provide alcohol in a residential area.
The criteria for approval of a business must conform to zoning ordinances. Chapter 8 of the Scott County Zoning Ordinance regulates home extended businesses. In chapter 8-2, it states that the use will be sufficiently compatible with, or separated by sufficient distance from, or screened from adjacent agricultural or residential land uses so that there will be no deterrence to the use or development of adjacent land and uses.
It is important to note that homeowners should not have deterrence to their use of their land. I do not see how a large scale entertainment venue could not adversely impact residential residents.
Large scale entertainment venues not only impact the enjoyment and use of resident’s homes and backyards by generating loud music, traffic and possible problems related to alcohol abuses but also impact the value of their homes. Not only does this type of business reduce the value of a neighboring home, it also greatly increases the amount of time it would take to sell that home.
Please remember that these are our homes. We live here. For most people, a home is their single largest investment. Please keep large entertainment venues out of our residential areas.
February 18, 2016, 4:28 PM
No, Lack of regulation, traffic, testing of drinking water, need for extra large septic systems, extra burden on county sheriff and staff paid for countywide not the township its in, lack of any oversight in township setting .
Katherine Cunningham inside District4
February 17, 2016, 12:53 PM
Yes, we should encourage it.
ANN GENGEL inside District1
February 7, 2016, 5:43 PM
We should be proud of and take advantage of Scott County's farmstead, wineries and farmers. Heck, yes, those types of venues should be used to bring money to the owners and Scott County.
Kimberly Churchill inside District2
February 7, 2016, 3:06 PM
we don't have enough low cost event sites in Scott County. I think allowing event centers or wineries are a great use of the space.
February 5, 2016, 12:42 PM
If they provide on-farm parking and do not have super loud music, it should be fine. Weddings are fine. Rock concerts are not.
Alan Mackenthun inside District2
April 19, 2016, 9:25 AM
If you have enough parking so people aren't parking on the road and if you have plans for handling the waste water (residential septic systems cannot support large events (need porta-potties) and if the noise isn't too loud for too long, then it shouldn't be any problem at all. Farmer's create all kinds of their own nuisances. If you've bought the land and invest in the property, you should be able to make use of it and hosting weddings or other events periodically should be allowed.
February 18, 2016, 3:46 PM
I support the idea of letting property owners and businesses host large-scale events, provided they have a plan for parking, mitigating traffic or disruptions to traffic, and limitations on noise late in the evening. They need to proactively work with neighbors, too, so everyone is informed of limitations, expectations and schedules. I believe the visibility generated with event visitors will help tourism and business in our local communities.
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