Plans for the Johnson County Fiscal Year 2025 budgeting process and a five-year review of the county’s comprehensive development plan were presented to the Board of Supervisors …
Plans for the Johnson County Fiscal Year 2025 budgeting process and a five-year review of the county’s comprehensive development plan were presented to the Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 13 work session.
Both will result in public hearings.
The budgeting timeline includes the beginning of department proposals and meetings with the Board on Dec. 11. Multiple budget meetings are spread out over two months with the first overall budget discussion and decision-making votes scheduled for Feb. 6, 2024, following a work session.
A tax-asking public hearing has been scheduled for March 13, followed by a budget estimate public hearing April 3. A final vote on the budget has been planned for April 18.
The FY24 budget was first approved in April 2023 at $146.85 million, and later increased with the fall amendment.
The FY25 budgetary year begins July 1, 2024.
The Johnson County 2018 Comprehensive Plan, which guides development in unincorporated areas of the county, is up for a five-year review. The process will begin Oct. 2 with a joint meeting between the Board of Supervisors and the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Public input sessions are tentatively scheduled for late October at two or three different locations with public hearings on the actual updated plan in early 2024.
Nate Mueller, Assistant Director of the county’s Planning, Development and Sustainability Department, told the Board that current issues include preservation of agricultural land and natural areas, development areas, fringe-area development, farming, rural and agricultural tourism, and the increase of solar farms.
Rural economic development was among the new issues listed. Areas around Frytown and Lone Tree have gained interest over the last year in a series of on-site meetings.
A bridge on Sharon Center Road SW, south of Highway 1 in rural southwest Johnson County, will be temporarily reduced to one lane because of work that is needed on the bridge.
Supervisor Jon Green noted the work at the Board’s Sept. 14 formal session.
“We take care of our agricultural residents and their access to be able to get places,” Supervisor Chair Lisa Green-Douglass said.
The Board approved preliminary and final plats for a pair of properties in southern Johnson County.
Murphy Homestead Second Addition, a five-lot homestead subdivision located on agricultural land off Murphy Lane SW and north of Sharon Center Road SW, was approved. Three of the five lots in the final plat are agricultural outlots surrounding a house and other structures.
The Board also approved the plats for J&H Acres, a two-lot homestead subdivision located south of 475th Street SW and west of Dane Road SW, just northwest of Hills.
The Board approved a professional services agreement with Impact7G to continue the implementation of a Natural Areas Management Plan at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm.
Next meeting: The Board’s next formal session is at 9 a.m. Sept. 21.