John Weibel: Ag vs. commercial
January 30, 2013
Unfortunately, it seems that the paper misrepresents what I am after ("Board enforces building code," Jan. 30 Steamboat Today).
I was not seeking revision to the building codes. I was seeking the definition of the processing of farm products on farm as an agricultural use, as it seems to be in most regions of the country. In addition, I was seeking that anyone seeking to operate a small-scale dairy, like I am, need not go through the planning department.
If my facility were all agricultural or commercial, there would not need to be a "wall of separation." The state Department of Health does not require one. The only reason I need one is that the processing of agricultural products on farm changes the classification of the use in Routt County, which then requires a firewall because part of the operation is commercial and part is agricultural.
In Elkstone Farms' case, they needed a firewall to separate the wash room from the agricultural application. Personally, it is all agricultural and should not require the economic and environmental expense that is required.