November 28, 2020



Hand County Assessor’s Office
Zoning Adminstrator
Terry Augspurger – Director of Equalization
415 West 1st Avenue, Suite 204, Mailbox 6
Miller, South Dakota 57362
605-853-2769 (Fax)
Office email:  [email protected]

January 2020:
Link to Archived files of Board of Equalization and Zoning Board of Adjustment (hosted in Google Drive)
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September 4, 2019
From Terry Augspurger, Zoning Official.
“The Hand County Commissioners will meet as the Hand County Zoning Board to continue the conditional use hearing meeting of August 6, 2019 for the purposed hog production facility by Ratio, LLC in the NE & NW 1/4s section 32 – 111-67 (Pearl Township). The meeting will be held at the Hand County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.”
If you have questions in advance of the meeting, please call the office during business hours, 8-5, M-F. 605-853-2115
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Aughenbaugh (Pipestone Vet Svc) / Attachments provided by email on 07/23/19. 
2019-06-17 CUP Form
2019-07-19 Site Plan (Tile Pond)
Aughenbaugh Farms Information Sheet 2019
Nutrient transport operation guide
ratio llc site nmp
Hand Co 5-6-19 Introduction   (Power Point Presentation Offered by Pipestone) added 07/24/19
2019_07_25-Ratio LLC-Sow Farm-Manure Management Agreements-Signed-Initialed Year Change (submitted 07/25/19 by email)
Submissions for the Zoning meeting: (8-1-19)
HAND COUNTY ZONING BOARD – NOTICE OF MEETING A zoning board meeting will be held for the purpose of hearing a Conditional Use Permit application for a swine production facility by Ratio, LLC (Kirk Augenbaugh).  This facility will be located in the NE1/4 & NW1/4 section 32-111-67 (Pearl Township).  The meeting will be held Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the court room in the Hand County Courthouse.  Instructions for presenters, both proponents and opponents, will be posted on the assessor’s web page at  Instructions can also be obtained by visiting the assessor’s office or calling 605 853-2115.Instructions to those offering testimony:Hand County has a policy to not discriminate in its treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction towards, a person based on the group, class, or category to which the person is perceived to belong. These include age, caste, color, criminal record, height, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity, generation, genetic characteristics, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.  Consequently, these topics will not be allowed during testimony.The sole purpose of the hearing is to determine compliance with the following aspects of the Hand County Zoning standards and ordinances.Testimony should be confined to these performance standards and compliance thereof.Under Article 5, Section 515, Performance Standards to Commercial Feedlots and Animal Feeding Operations, All Commercial Feedlots and Animal Feeding Operations must meet each of the following requirements:

  1. All such entities must submit animal waste management systems plans and specifications for review and approval prior to construction, and a Notice of Completion for a Certificate of Compliance, after construction, to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
  2. Prior to construction, all such entities shall obtain a storm water permit for construction activities from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The storm water pollution prevention plan required by the permit must be developed and implemented upon the start of construction.
  3. Animal waste facilities as adjuncts to such entities shall be no less than six hundred sixty (660) feet from the adjoining domestic ground and surface water supplies.
  4. All such entities must submit nutrient management plans assuring offensive odors and runoff minimization. Such management plans must, at a minimum, include
    1. Proposed maintenance plans for animal west facilities.
    2. Nutrient transportation equipment miniatous plans.
    3. Planned land application processes and / or methods.
    4. A full and complete legal description and map depicting areas to be utilized for nutrient application.
  5. Under no circumstances shall animal waste facilities be located closer than two (2) miles from any incorporated municipality.
  6. Animal waste facilities shall be located no closer than two (2) miles from any occupied residence, excluding owner / operator’s residential dwelling[s] if located within two (2) miles of the facility, unless sixty-six and two-thirds percent (66 2/3) of the full-time adult residents of the area within the two (2) mile residential setoff shall have waived the same and in writing.
  7. Animal waste shall be transported no more than seven (7) miles from the point of origination for land application. However, the Commission may, on a case by case basis, permit applications beyond said seven (7) mile limitations upon its acceptance of proofs evidencing adequate undertakings to ensure both public safety and due deference to the environmental concerns.
  8. Upon provision of three (3) hours written or oral notice to the owners[s] or operator[s] of any facilities governed by Section 515 standards, the Zoning Director or his authorized agent[s] may enter upon any such real property for the limited purpose of ascertaining premises / facility compliance with all applicable performance standards and / or other zoning ordinance regulations.

(Page 43, Article 5, Section 515 of the Hand County Comprehensive Plan)

How to become involved:

Prior to and during the public hearing / period for public comment, presenters, contributors, and those offering testimony on the topics in Article 5, Section 515, will be allowed to offer input by the following mechanisms:

  • Written Testimony may be mailed to Zoning Board, % Assessor, 415 West 1st Avenue, Suite 204, Miller, South Dakota 57362 or emailed to: [email protected] and to [email protected] .  Please do not send anonymous testimony.  Deadline is July 31, 2019.
  • Oral Testimony: Materials, statistics, graphics or other viewable materials must be submitted in advance of the meeting and due in the Assessor’s office by July 31, 2019.
  • The July 31, 2019 deadline is to allow for public inspection of the submitted materials ahead of time. The materials will be loaded to the Assessor’s website ( ) and also be available at the Assessor’s office during normal courthouse hours.

Manner of conduct during the public hearing:

  • The proceedings will be under the control of the chairman of the board. The chairman will direct all proceedings, recognize those who wish to offer testimony and present them instruction when needed.
  • All testimony is be directed to the board, not the proponents or opponents.
  • Members of the gallery are asked to remain quiet and seated. To be recognized by the chairman, please raise your hand and stand.
  • Proponents will be allowed to present first, followed by opponents, followed by rebuttal testimony and finally the board will have an opportunity to ask questions if there be any.

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2019.07.02 – Zoning (Building Permit Fees)


Notice is hereby given that Hand County through its Board of Zoning will hold a hearing for the purpose of taking testimony from interested parties who are either proponents or opponents of the requested application for conditional use permit requested by Northern Prime Feeders, LLC (proposing construction of a 50,000 head feedlot) located at the Eagle Pass Ranch property located in the SW 1/4 and W 1/2 SE 1/4 of section 20; N 1/2 NW 1/4 and NW 1/4 NE 1/4 of section 29; government lots 3 and 4 and SE 1/4 of section 19; and government lot 1 and N 1/2 NE 1/4 of section 30 all in township 112-70 (Ree Heights).  Prior to the meeting, the Zoning Administrator will receive written comments under the following conditions:

1.      They must be either printed or type written for legibility.

2.      They must be signed legibly by all parties represented in the comment.

3.      The comments must clearly state the person or persons or organization submitting the comment and who their spokesperson is.

4.      The writer must declare in the first paragraph if the comment is in support of, or against, or neutral as to adoption or passage of the conditional use permit.

5.      The comments are to either be delivered to or mailed in printed form to the Zoning Administrator c/o: Hand County Assessor’s Office, 415 West 1st Avenue, Miller, South Dakota 57362.

6.      The comment period begins March 12, 2014 and ends April 11th, 2014.  Comments not postmarked or received by April 11th, 2014 may not be considered for review.

7.      The writer acknowledges in presentation of the comment that it is a public record and open to inspection and reproduction upon request of any interested party.


A public hearing will be held on April 22, 2014 at 1 P.M. (CT) in the courtroom of the Hand County courthouse at which time public testimony will be taken from proponents and from opponents as it relates to passage of the conditional use permit.  Testimony can be offered under the following conditions:


1.      The person to offer testimony must notify the zoning administrator by April 18, 2014 and provide all printed materials for distribution.  The printed materials must be written in the same manner as the written comments above.

2.      Copies are to be provided by the presenter for each of the board members and any member of the gallery requested them. (local staff will not make copies)

3.      The person offering testimony must identify themselves to the panel and state whether they are speaking as a proponent, opponent or are neutral in their position.

4.      The person offering testimony is to speak clearly, loudly and to the panel, no comments will be addressed to the crowd, only the zoning board.

5.      Testimony is to be confined to the issuance of the conditional use permit.

6.      Each speaker will be allowed 3 minutes to offer testimony.  At the conclusion, the speaker will return to their seat.  There will be no “yielding” of one speakers time to another.

7.      Groups will be heard individually, by a single spokesperson and only if they are registered individually.


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