Ogle County has a population of just over 50,000 people. The growth rate is about 11 percent, which is just below the national average. So you may think urban sprawl wouldn't be an issue in Ogle County.
It was a packed house tonight at an informational meeting on the topic in Oregon. The concern is for future residential housing popping up in areas zoned for other purposes. Currently agriculturally zoned land dominates Ogle County. Some people are concerned that as rural residential areas grow, cities may have difficulties absorbing these communities.
Wednesday's meeting was simply an informational one, if any action concerning zoning restrictions need to be taken, they would have to be passed by the Ogle County board.