ZONING MAY BE ISSUE FOR POTENTIAL HOG SLAUGHTERING OPERATION IN WEST POINT

The West Point City Council will be updated Tuesday night on zoning issues regarding the Land O’ Frost facility.

Zoning May Be Issue For Potential Hog Slaughtering Operation In West PointCity Administrator Tom Goulette tells the KTIC newsroom if the prospective buyers of the facility change the physical footprint of the facility, there’s a very good possibility their changes to the existing facility will put them before the planning commission and consequently before the city council.

“It’s basically a non-conforming use based on the permitting of the existing facility,” said Goulette. “If no external structural alterations are made to the facility it can be used as a hog slaughtering operation. Now if they choose to change the physical footprint of the facility, in other words, if they add buildings and other structures to accommodate what they want to do, then that would put them before the planning commission and then ultimately before the city council for approval before construction can happen, based on zoning.”

Dennis Nuttelman, of Stromsburg has held two public meetings in West Point to talk about his group’s plan to purchase the facility to slaughter hogs and process pork. He has said they’re looking at 2,500 to 3,000 hogs per day.

Goulette says after meeting with the group’s engineer Monday, there are several questions that need to be addressed.  Some of the other concerns that will be discussed tonight in a report format are what the potential waste water discharges are going to be based on the numbers they slaughter.

Goulette says the group is still in the design stage, figuring out which is the best way to accomplish what they want to accomplish.  “I don’t know if there’s anything conclusive at this point.”

Goulette said, “We need to put the information out there so that they understand what their requirements are going to be if they choose to move forward. As we find out this information, our goal is to get the information out there to the public so they’re aware of what we’re doing. Some of the potential hurdles we may need to get over if they continue to go down that path.”

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