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Court removes hurdle for large-scale dairy farm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A large dairy operation can go ahead with the construction of a new farm in central Wisconsin even though local officials tried to stop the project by having the land rezoned after a building-permit application had been filed.

Golden Sands Dairy wants to open a 6,400-acre farm in Wood County. A state appeals court blocked the project in 2017 because the Town of Saratoga had re-zoned the land for preservation. That change came four months after the dairy filed a building-permit application.

The Supreme Court reversed the appellate ruling on Tuesday. The court ruled in a 5-2 decision that once a building-permit application is filed, an applicant has a right to use all of the property as it’s zoned at the time of the permit filing.

The town’s attorney, Remzy Bitar, didn’t immediately reply to an email.

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