Kendall County to Consider Poultry Processing Plant Approval
The Kendall County board will hold a hearing on October 15th to consider the approval of an A-1 Special Use zoning for a small poultry processing plant to be located in an area near Newark, IL. An amendment to the county’s zoning law passed in September allows for a poultry processing plant to be built in an agricultural area in the southern part of the county.
The amendment for special use allows for the processing of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas, squab along with small game birds, such as quail, pheasant and partridge as well as some small animals such as rabbits.
The County Board stated that several other conditions must be met before a special use zoning for the plant can be approved. These include limiting the processing to 21000 units per week (one unit is one animal except in the case of larger birds, such as geese, which are 4.5 units) and for all rendering by products to be kept in sealed containers before disposal.
As the only other full time poultry processing plant in the state is 3 hours away in Arthur, having another plant will allow regional poultry farmers to process chickens and ducks, etc. close to the Chicago market. The plant is also planning on conducting organic processing.
Although there was some concern by area residents about increased traffic and issues involving septic systems and odors, there was a unanimous recommendation made by the Big Grove Township Board to approve the plant’s request for special use zoning. Big Grove Township is where the plant would be located. In addition, three letters of support, including letters from Senator Dick Durbin and Wes King, Executive Director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance are included in the agenda and packet sent to the board.
The link to the agenda and packet:
A Beacon-News story about the board about the amendment: