Douglas County drops moratorium on agritourism

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Douglas County officials reversed an earlier decision and will allow agriculture tourism operations in the county.

The county’s Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved new regulations and then rescinded a previous moratorium for agritourism operations.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1eegYzD ) the regulations include new definitions of smaller agribusinesses and larger commercial operations. The definitions discuss such things as parking requirements. It also says the commission will not have to approve smaller agritourism efforts but larger operations will need a permit from the county.

The commission placed the moratorium on agritourism permits in October, in response to criticism of a proposal for a business that included an 800-car parking lot.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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