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A Lincoln man will be able to build a home near a hog operation by Adams after the Gage County Board of Supervisors approved a special use permit.

Jacob Unvert submitted the application to build a residence near a hog operation about two miles north of Adams on West Ash Road.

Unvert said he spoke to the farmer with the hog operation, Brian Little, and the two reached an agreement that allows Unvert to build at the location, with the understanding that Little could still expand the farm someday, since it was there first.

“It’ll be a single family home for me and my wife,” he said. “I grew up in Adams. I’ve spoken with Brian Little multiple times about this being an issue… I understand the risk, potential smell and all that.”

Unvert purchased the three-acre site in February with the intent of building a residence there.

The proposed site for a residence doesn’t meet setback requirements from a hog operation, and so a special use permit is needed before he can built at the site.

County Board Chairman Myron Dorn, who also lives near the site in question, said the location narrowly missed the setback requirements, being around 2,300 feet from the operation.

“We have a setback of ½ mile, or a little over 2,600 feet from that livestock facility, because of the animal unit numbers,” Dorn said. “…I did testify at the zoning hearing in favor of Jacob building the house. He will be a little more than a mile away from my current residence.”

Board member Gary Lytle commended Unvert for reaching out to his prospective neighbors before the hearing.

“Thank you for taking care of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, talking to your neighbors and doing all those things,” he said. “This one isn’t as contentious as some of the others that we’ve had recently, but it makes a big difference when the applicant is willing to go out and do the leg work.”

The County Board also took a slightly different approach to approving the permit by not waiting two weeks to do so.

Historically, the board has always waited two weeks after a public hearing for a special use permit to allow board members to further investigate the proposal. It’s been brought up in the past that waiting two weeks is unnecessary for many permits that are not contested or controversial.

“In the past, we’ve always waited two weeks to do that,” Dorn said. “I made comments at the other meeting, that I feel there are situations where we’re just delaying the process another two weeks.”

Nobody spoke in opposition to the permit at the County Board meeting, however one neighbor did voice opposition when the Planning and Zoning Commission took up the issue last month.

Shad Hemminger, who lives directly west of the proposed site, said he’s worried having a residence in close proximity to his could hurt the property value and place added stress on roads in the area.

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