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Johnson County Supervisors Closer to Approving Country Inns
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/FOX 28)-- With a little work and few coats of paint, Rich and Susan Young are moving closer to their dream of turning their barn into a bed and breakfast.
"There would be a couple of guest rooms, enclosed sleeping rooms on this side," Rich said walking through his 6,000 square foot barn.
"Visitors to our area can come and enjoy the countryside, maybe see a different side of Iowa that you might not see staying at a motel in town," he said.
It's a vision he's had for two years--a vision that now sits in the hands of Johnson County supervisors.
"This is about tourism, said supervisor Terrence Neuzil. It's about an opportunity where residents can get out to the country."
This Thursday officials will take a third vote on an ordinance which would let residents convert barns into country inns.
Current law lets you turn a home into a bed and breakfast - but not a barn or outbuilding. So far supervisors are on board.
We're really excited about the potential of what this could bring," Neuzil said.
Officials say not only would the bed and breakfasts generate money but also the local farmers and nearby shops would benefit from more people coming into rural areas.
Any reason to get people out into the countryside and spend a little money and support these local businesses is good, Rich said.
If Johnson County supervisors approve the ordinance, the Youngs plan to have the inn up and running by next fall.