LANCASTER - It seems you can't discuss planning in Garrard County without talking about hog farms and junk yards.
The county's Planning Commission would rather talk about the future of schools and roads, but residents invariably want to talk about zoning, which, apparently, can't be done without reference to live pigs and dead cars.
So it was Monday night in the library at Garrard County High School, where the commission met to solicit public input on the comprehensive plan it will eventually write and submit to the Fiscal Court. The panel, comprised of unpaid volunteers, wants to know what residents think the county should look like in the coming decades. Schools, infrastructure, recreation, industry, housing are the hoped-for fodder for conversation.
But zoning was the main topic of conversation.
"This county is running wild right now," said Fiscal Court Magistrate Joe Leavell. "You can put anything you want wherever you want."