The Nash County Planning Board rejected a request to rezone the land that Sanderson Farms is considering for building a poultry plant. The vote ended in a five to three decision Monday, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram.
Sanderson Farms had been considering the land on Highway 97 in Nash County for a new chicken processing plant.
County commissioners are expected to vote on the land's rezoning at their meeting April 4th.
The Nash County environmental impact report concludes that a proposed poultry plant would not threaten Nash County water supplies and land resources, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram.
Sanderson Farms proposed a new chicken processing plant in southern Nash County and was met with opposition from some of the county's residents.
The environmental study was paid for by Nash County, which supports locating the plant in the county. Wilson opposes the location because it is near the city's water source.
Sanderson Farms says it is putting off a final decision on where to build a new plant for the year and until feed prices stabilize.