Fairdale, Illinois, has an early twentieth century street plan, with house and lot sizes adapted to rural town life and horse-powered transportation. Now comes a tornado, and reconstruction on those lots is subject to contemporary land-use regulations.
Fairdale was built when there weren’t any zoning restrictions. County officials are now learning sewage tanks would be too close in proximity to well piping and also say new codes would require properties to be purchased with a minimum 40-acres of land which would then create set-back violations for property, road, and back lines.
The county board will be considering options for future rebuilding.

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