Nash rezoning may pave way for poultry plant

The Nash County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday on the rezoning of 150 acres at the intersection of Interstate 95 and N.C. 97 that could pave the way for a large poultry processing plant to be built there. Full Story
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Sandy Thompson

Apex, NC

#1 Oct 27, 2010
I think it is an awful idea. It is too close to the Tar River water shed. Nash Co. has to buy water from Wilson Co. now for the people residing there. This plant is going to require lots of water and will produce lots of waste. Where is the waste going to be spread?
susan collier

United States

#2 Oct 28, 2010
I think this is the wrong location for this plant. The water supply is not enough to support the area already and where WILL THE WASTE go? This is a residential area.
Jeff Jenkins

Wilson, NC

#3 Oct 29, 2010
I think this is the wrong location due to the water shed to the Tar River, possibly also the Silver Lake stream . Nash already buys water from Wilson Co. to furnish requirements now. All the people in our community that I've talked with are against this. Reasons seem to be the SMELL that comes along with this facility , lower land values, more traffic all hours of the night. I would bet the people pushing this agenda would feel the same as we do if this were in their backyards. Maybe as a requirement they would have to build a house next to the facility and live in it.
Carla Geddes

Rocky Mount, NC

#4 Nov 1, 2010
I live only about 2 miles from the intersection they are talking about... I will be furious if this chicken plant is actually built! In addition to the stench, waste and water supply issues, I can only imagine how much it will affect property sales and land values... like this economy isn't hard enough on home owners trying to sell! This will be a disaster and total nightmare to the residents in the immediate area! This literally will be in my backyard!
susan collier

United States

#5 Nov 1, 2010
the nash county commissioners pushed thru this enforced rezoning as anyone in the room today could testify it was not what THE PEOPLE WANTED !!
a select few of the commissioners listened but by far the majority seemed to have made their minds up prior to the meeting and no amount of testimony from anyone kept them from streamrolling this thru. I propose we the people let them know just how DISPLEASED we are on election day. I for one plan a boycott on chicken from the "proposed chicken plant" and hope you all will join me.
estroud

Clinton, NC

#6 Nov 9, 2010
I am surprised that people do not want this. Not only is this going to be a boost for our already staggering economy with foreclosures at a record high this month by creating jobs no matter what the level of income they are. In addition to the jobs created by the plant they will also build poultry houses that also employ people and provide farmers with income. Having already built poultry houses with the Kinston expansion I am quite pleased that they have potentially selected North Carolina for a second site. Finally I hope that people will reconsider there displeasure by researching this company and finding out they pay more than average processing plant in eastern North Carolina, and regardless of that if you are unemployed and need a job like a large percentage of North Carolinians this will be a great thing to possibly keep another family from loosing the farm and possibly another family from foreclosure.
hself

Columbus, IN

#7 Nov 9, 2010
You obviously do not live next door to the poultry houses you speak of. Just four years ago my wife and I chose this area as a guite peaceful residential area to eascape the hustle and bustle of the cities and all that go with them. I assure you this plant will destroy eveything we love about this area, and unfortunately our home value will be so drastically reduced we will loose a fortune if we try to sell and move. The jobs you speak of will be filled mostly with low income, non-tak paying individuals and guess what those of us that own property in the county will have to pick up the tab for all of them. You can rest assured those same commissioners that approved the re-zoning, have already guaranteed tax incentives.
estroud

Clinton, NC

#8 Nov 9, 2010
It just so happens I own some of the poultry houses that came from the Kinston expansion and yes they are in my back yard. It also happens that the employees that Sanderson have coming to my farm are all legal working American citizens who are grateful to have a job. In addition the Eastern North Carolina economy thrives on agriculture expansions and livestock and it was doing that before you moved here and will continue to do that.
fedup in Nash county

United States

#9 Nov 9, 2010
estroud wrote:
I am surprised that people do not want this. Not only is this going to be a boost for our already staggering economy with foreclosures at a record high this month by creating jobs no matter what the level of income they are. In addition to the jobs created by the plant they will also build poultry houses that also employ people and provide farmers with income. Having already built poultry houses with the Kinston expansion I am quite pleased that they have potentially selected North Carolina for a second site. Finally I hope that people will reconsider there displeasure by researching this company and finding out they pay more than average processing plant in eastern North Carolina, and regardless of that if you are unemployed and need a job like a large percentage of North Carolinians this will be a great thing to possibly keep another family from loosing the farm and possibly another family from foreclosure.
are you by chance as clueless as the commissioner's or do you really not care what other people are going to be forced to ENDURE?? Can you honestly tell me that the quality of the air ,ground water and the very health of the area resident"s will not be affected? When over 300 people stand before a county commissioner's meeting in opposition of this , do you really think they care about the great PR from the very plant that is threatening their homes, family farms, their very way of life..come on!! THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN ..WHAT A PITY NO CHOOSES TO LISTEN TO THEM.
estroud

Clinton, NC

#10 Nov 9, 2010
I don't intend to argue about this, and I am not clueless about anything just well informed about more than just bad smells and "possible" environmental impacts. I am sorry that people do not understand the economic growth this could bring and do not understand the industry. I do understand that there are risks with anything. I can be injured in an accident on the way to work tomorrow and my car is bad for the environment but I cannot stop working because of it. I can tell you from experience Sanderson has there act together and they are far better than any other local growers. If you donít believe it I challenge you to travel to Mississippi, Texas, or Georgia to see the other processing plants that are already in production.
Concerned citizen

United States

#11 Nov 10, 2010
You know I believe a county commissioner did indeed go to your GEORGIA plant and guess what? He voted against this ..I think the biggest concern I can see from of this is the area is mostly residential and I mean around a 1000 people that will be affected directly. From what I can read about Sanderson Farms they have never gone in the middle of a residential area before and I wonder why now and why here? You say you're from the fayetteville area so you maybe are not familar with the area and the issues. But then again you are far enough away to not really have a dog in this fight.
August West

Smithfield, NC

#12 Nov 11, 2010
Carla Geddes wrote:
I live only about 2 miles from the intersection they are talking about... I will be furious if this chicken plant is actually built! In addition to the stench, waste and water supply issues, I can only imagine how much it will affect property sales and land values... like this economy isn't hard enough on home owners trying to sell! This will be a disaster and total nightmare to the residents in the immediate area! This literally will be in my backyard!
Drive to Kinston and see the facility before you make judgements.
August West

Smithfield, NC

#13 Nov 11, 2010
Yea he was up for re-election and got scared. This is the best thing thats happened for Nash County in a decade and ingornace will win again. Congratulations
August West

Smithfield, NC

#14 Nov 11, 2010
The Sanderson's food group has plants beside a University. They are an ellite company which could bring 1,100 jobs to Nash County and just because its in "your backyard" you oppose this. I would welcome them into my backyard because I know their history.
August West

Smithfield, NC

#15 Nov 11, 2010
hself wrote:
You obviously do not live next door to the poultry houses you speak of. Just four years ago my wife and I chose this area as a guite peaceful residential area to eascape the hustle and bustle of the cities and all that go with them. I assure you this plant will destroy eveything we love about this area, and unfortunately our home value will be so drastically reduced we will loose a fortune if we try to sell and move. The jobs you speak of will be filled mostly with low income, non-tak paying individuals and guess what those of us that own property in the county will have to pick up the tab for all of them. You can rest assured those same commissioners that approved the re-zoning, have already guaranteed tax incentives.
This company does not hire illegal imigrants. Fact. It has a very strict hiring policy and pays wages far more great than say the Cheese factory that everyone welcomed with open arms
August West

Smithfield, NC

#16 Nov 11, 2010
fedup in Nash county wrote:
<quoted text> are you by chance as clueless as the commissioner's or do you really not care what other people are going to be forced to ENDURE?? Can you honestly tell me that the quality of the air ,ground water and the very health of the area resident"s will not be affected? When over 300 people stand before a county commissioner's meeting in opposition of this , do you really think they care about the great PR from the very plant that is threatening their homes, family farms, their very way of life..come on!! THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN ..WHAT A PITY NO CHOOSES TO LISTEN TO THEM.
Are you as clueless as the other residents against this. Nash County is an Agriculture based County. When you have an ellite group such as Sanderson come in you welcome them with open arms.
educated

Winterville, NC

#17 Nov 12, 2010
I"m a electrican, i'm currently working on the kinston plant. Sanderson Farms has there act together not only will they bring over 1000 jobs for the locals but they will also employ even more people to consttuct it.They also have their own waste water treatment so why are you so worried about the water.I think you just dont like change or care about the people and their families that need these jobs.Just curious how many of you people that posted these comments ate chicken this week.
fedup in Nash county

United States

#18 Nov 13, 2010
The kinston plant isn't open yet correct? And the commissioner you are speaking of DID NOT run for re-election. Of course YOU will speak highly of the WONDERFUL SANDERSON FARMS...You work for them!! I have a big problem with the way things have been handled by the nash co. commissioners on this ENTIRE project..to recap for you I live right here at the site and I was NEVER informed about ANY thing until less than 1 week before the rezoning vote. I don't live in a big fancy house either..I work 2 jobs to pay for what I have and because of the proximity to the plant..if the NON ODOROUS emmissions don't run me out the increase in traffic and undoubtly the INCREASED TAXES that I know are coming will! so sit in greenville and fayetteville and stantonsburg.. pat yourselves on the back at how you have educated us poor ,ignorant DELUDED ,WHINER'S WHO OPPOSE change because at the end of the day ...Its us who will be paying the price!!Not you.
sandra

Fayetteville, NC

#19 Jan 17, 2012
i care less about the plant,it will bring some needy jobs to the area.its not like it use to be,now they have better equipment and they are not going to build it next to do.now lets talk about the river and the water you drink.most of your drinking water comes from a river that peoples pee in,crap in,you name it,its there.but we have a filter that filters it and add shock treatment.so leave the chicken plant alone.
the river rat

Rocky Mount, NC

#20 Feb 24, 2012
Bad location. Period. Slaughter plant, hatchery and waste field sits on 2 different protected watersheds serving 2 river basins. Less than 5% of the land in eastern NC is designated a protected watershed.

If this is the best location you can pick then please move on. We don't want you here.

www.saynotosanderson.com

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