"But Schultz does not own the land, and the owners, Suzan Erem and Paul Durrenberger, oppose the rezoning application. Erem said Schultz's plans would turn much of the property's tillable land "into a resort" and that the number of cabins in his proposal is more than is needed for a farm of that size. "If it's not a resort, what do they need 36 cabins for?" she said."
3) WRITE AN EMAIL to the Supervisors. Contact list at bottom of page here. Share why you support the rezoning to AR, and how affordable farmworker housing, agritourism, and ecological businesses matter to you. Explain your connection to Versaland - as customer, student, or admirer - perhaps you've purchased plants, pastured meat, or engaged in the social fabric with a workshop or field day. If you're presently an admirer - share why you'd visit and how you'd benefit Johnson County while here. Share your unique perspective and engage respectfully, we're all humans.
4) CALL IN PERSON Engage with a personal phone call and talk through why you value Versaland, how it adds to the quality of Johnson County, Iowa, and the social, economic, and ecological benefits it brings via land access, organic food, improved water quality, and climate and flood resilience. Please be respectful though.
Supervisors received over 150 emails and phone calls — including some that were rude or disparaging — ...
The larger issue, Schultz said, is not about Versaland specifically, but land use planning that allows for more nontraditional farms.
"This is not about me and this farm," Schultz said. "This is about a big thing that affects everyone in the county, and (that's) antiquated land use planning that doesn’t properly accommodate people outside of nuclear families or the uber-wealthy."