Even though dozens of residents oppose the proposed ordinance, Randolph County commissioners do not care. The County Commissioners are on the way to adopting an ordinance proposed by the Area Planning Commission that would create a new intensive agricultural district covering about 220,000 acres of Randolph County.
Randolph County contains 289,813 acres, which means 75.9% of the county would be zoned for the industrial farms and 24.1% would be zoned residential only. The ordinance provides a buffer of one mile between CAFOs and cities and towns in Randolph County as well as a buffer of half a mile between CAFOs and residents of unincorporated communities, subdivisions, and heavily populated highways. That means more than 18,000 of the county’s 26,581 people would live within a half mile or a mile of a CAFO. That is not a great distance when looking at the smell, the transmission of dust and dirt through the air, and the potential pollution of land and rivers.
The map below is of Indiana and its major rivers. The increasing number of CAFOs will ultimately impact water quality all over the state.
The rush to date to construct CAFOs has been in the east central region of Indiana – just to the south of Allen County. Wells County now has 10 CAFOs, and Allen County is about to get its third CAFO. This issue is not going away, and, if you, as citizens of Allen County and of the State of Indiana, are concerned, then contact your county commissioners immediately to express your concerns.