Michael Targets Planning Commission, Questions Approval Of Mega Poultry Farm

A full four months after the building permit was issued for a 20-building poultry farm, Hardy County Commission President Harold Michael expressed concern about environmental impacts and used it’s approval as a reason to “take a look at the makeup of the Hardy County Planning Commission.”

The Hardy County Commission met on Tuesday, June 2.

As reported in the May 6 edition of the Moorefield Examiner, a large poultry farm is under construction north of Moorefield near Old Fields

Michael correctly noted the $10 million project is located next to a housing development.

“The property values on those houses are half of what they were before,” he said. “There’s a tremendous amount of activity, dust and noise. It’s very detrimental to a housing development.”

Commissioner David Workman asked if Michael wanted the Planning Commission to meet and come up with clearer definitions of “agricultural zoning.”

“The only option for them is to develop changes in the ordinance,” Michael said. “What is proposed is an industrial complex. The Planning Commission should meet and come up with proposals.”

“With questions of water and air

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The next regular meeting of the Hardy County Commission will be held on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to be included on the agenda should contact the County Clerk’s office at 304-530-0250. The public is invited to attend.