Townsite Mixed Use

These areas are defined by specific landmarks, intersections or identifiable places. Most of these nodes were established in the late 1800’s as central hubs for agricultural business. The number of businesses within these nodes is relatively small. Types of businesses can range from implement stores, storage facilities, restaurants/bars, convenience/gas, and in some cases religious institutions. Smaller subdivisions and single-family residential homes are also common land uses in and around these areas.

Although incorporation is not anticipated, there may be opportunities to allow limited development in and around these centers. In order to maintain rural development patterns, new commercial development should be centralized within existing commercial nodes. Development should avoid linear type patterns that would occur along transportation corridors. Instead, development should be focused at commercial nodes. Clustering development in this manner will help businesses support one another, providing successful and viable businesses.


  1. Ensure a compatible design transition between land uses including retaining existing features of the landscape as defining elements of site design (fence rows, ditches, wetlands, woods) or incorporating greater setback and landscaping standards.
  2. Encourage building and site design in new commercial projects that reflect the historical context and identity.
  3. Encourage home businesses (e.g., cottage industries and beauty salons) to expand and relocate to Townsites.
  4. Development in the Townsite Mixed Use areas need to embrace the Comprehensive Plan’s Future Land Use Factors to minimize conflicts between adjacent land uses and natural resources.

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