The Buffalo County Land Resources Committee struck back at critics and authorized a survey of rural town boards to see if they want county zoning or not.
The committee in charge of overseeing zoning regulations for 17 rural towns in Buffalo County said town boards need to weigh in on whether they want to regulate land uses by county or town ordinance.
Buffalo County Land Resources/Zoning Chairman Tom Taylor of Naples in rural Mondovi said the county needs to know where towns stand on zoning issues since the growth of industrial sand mining in the region.
The zoning committee said it would consider rescinding county zoning ordinances if town boards prefer regulating at the town level.
A letter authorized for mailing to all town boards read: "Criticism by citizens over the last several months has warranted the land resources committee to investigate if county zoning is effective and properly serving the residents and land owners as it relates to land use."
The survey letter said towns have authority to establish and administer their own zoning laws. County ordinance has regulated rural zoning since the 1960s.