UPDATE: Nash County Planning Board Rejects Rezoning Proposal

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.



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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.


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  • by Concerned Home Owner Location: Nash County on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    I live less than a half mile from the proposed site. My concerns are not water polution. They are as follows: 1. Flies. ALL processing plants have them. You can control them, but you can't completely eliminate them. 2. Smell. The glass crushing place smells like trash when the wind blows just right, add chicken offal to it and it will be completely offensive. 3. Noise. Again, the glass crushing place is noisy at night, a 3-shift plant will only add to the noise. 4. Traffic. There is already enough traffic from I-95. Add the processing plant and the area will be humming twice as much. 5. Litter. Increased traffic leads to increaced litter. 6. Drugs and Crime. Our community is pretty quiet. Add a bunch of low class people and you will add drugs and crime. 7. #1 concern - Property Value. Sure, it is a huge concern for all property owners in the area. A lot of the neighborhoods that are within a 5 mile circle are high-dollar homes. Taxable value won't decrease but sale values will. No one wants to buy a home near a processing plant when they have options to go to the other side of the county. The only pros I see are more jobs for immigrants and tax money. I have worked in a processing plant before as a supervisor. The majority of the work force is hispanic.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    Please explain to me, how in the world the EPA would allow water to become a danger to you..bottom line, people in that community are interested in their property value and perhaps other reasons. The waste is not going to be dumped in a hole. It's going to be shipped to another plant to make dog food etc. (I'm waiting on the true concerns.)
  • by K Location: gnd zero on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Speaking of vested interest. Robbie Davis County Commissioner(Chairman at the time they voted for the rezoning Nov 1st 2010)is also one of the executive committee members on the Carolina Gateway Partnership which are the ones trying to bring Sanderson Farms to Nash County. That vote was 4 to 3 on Nov 1st for the rezoning. Davis did not tell anyone before the vote that he is part of the CGP executive committee. If anyone should have not voted it should have Robbie Davis.
  • by Lisa Location: Wilson on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:00 PM
    It's a well known fact that Lisa Barnes' husband and father-in-law, Johnny and Carson Barnes,were contacted earlier in the process to sell their land to Sanderson Farms. They didn't get the price they wanted to sell. Sounds like bad apples. Also, Johnny Barnes was quoted in the Wilson newspaper that "I would say that the people who will work at these factories, in 5 to 7 yrs, won't even be from this country." How hypocritical is that when he and his dad are the largest sweet potato growers in the nation and internationally and they hire HUNDREDS of migrant workers from Mexico each year! More to that story. Lisa Barnes should not have voted, given that she has a vested interest in this whole outcome.
  • by K Location: gnd zero on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    This whole issue is NOT about jobs! It is about the location in a State Protected Watershed area and the location near the water supply for everyone in Nash & Wilson County. Look at the maps for yourself. The MAPS will NOT lie. Open yours eyes to look at the map first. Thank you Lisa Barns & the other planning board members who voted with the people of Nash County.
  • by Just a Mom Location: Kinston on Mar 22, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Well my family did transfer here with Sanderson Farms and we live and shop (as much as possible-can't help there isn't much shopping here, lol). And yes there are out of towners who moved here with the company, because they do believe in promoting loyal and good employees, but they have hired MANY local people. Jobs are jobs and if people want to work Sanderson at least brought them the opportunity to do so.
  • by B Location: Gville on Mar 22, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    The problem is that the people on the Planning Board all have jobs. How about something for the folks that need and want to work. Sanderson Farms will just go somewhere else.
  • by Larry Location: Kinston on Mar 22, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    Kinston- YOUR POST IS A LIE!! Most of the employees that work at Sanderson Farms are local. Yes they are people that work there that come from out of area but that's with every company. There's only a few people in management and in the USDA Dept that came from somewhere else so STOP YOUR LYING!.. Sanderson Farms is one of the nicest facilities in Eastern NC. I do work out there for my company quite a bit. People make me sick commenting on something they know nothing about. The majority of the workforce that works at Sanderson Farms are local..
  • by Kane on Mar 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    So the citizens don't want this plant. Mmm...maybe they can move it somewhere else in the east....plenty of people around here need a job.
  • by ARE YOU THAT DUMB? Location: WILSON on Mar 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    I think it amazing that these hob nob snobs dont want a company that will come in and bring jobs to a poor struggling area. You are to worried about your property value or if you will have to deal with more traffic than your fellow citizens...yall are truly amazing...I hope they put up hog houses instead!
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