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January 23, 2013
DALLAS -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners postponed its public hearing on a proposal to streamline limited food service applications for local farms until April.
The delay was requested by the Oregon Court of Appeals, which is due to issue an opinion on a Yamhill County case that could impact what commercial activities are allowed on farms in March.
Jerry Sorte, the county's planning manager, said the delay isn't a huge concern and he didn't anticipate the outcome of the case would cause any major changes.
"We are not in a great hurry to get this approved right now," he said.
Sorte said the BOC will continue its public hearing, originally scheduled for Jan. 9, until April 10 to allow time for review of the opinion and additional public comment.
Under Polk County's proposal, called Safe Harbor, farmers would be allowed to prepare and serve food featuring products grown on their operations on a limited basis. Farms located on land zoned "exclusive farm use" and "farm/forest" are included.
For more information about Safe Harbor: www.co.polk.or.us/cd/planning/planning-division-current-projects or call 503-623-9237.