By Lon Anderson
At its October meeting, the Hardy County Planning Commission’s probing for the best way to regulate future agricultural “mega projects” proceeded full steam ahead.
The Commission is under instruction from the County Commission to take steps to ensure that any proposed future developments like the $10 million, 20-poultry house “mega-project” now under construction near Old Fields will require hearings and notification to local residents prior to construction. The current county zoning ordinance does not require any notifications or hearings.
The October 6 meeting was held indoors for the first time since last spring, and about a dozen folks—poultry growers, Pilgrims’ staff, and residents from Old Fields were on hand to monitor and participate.
Different this month was the attendance of Pilgrim’s land use attorney, Mark Sadd from Charleston, with the firm Lewis Glasser Casey and Rollins. Sadd told the Commission that his goal was “to try to help shape discussions and to get a good and balanced ordinance that’s good for all.” He also suggested that the Commission consider engaging its own attorney in the discussions.