Hog farms requesting permits for expansion

SLAYTON — Murray County Zoning Director Jean Christoffells will be presenting two conditional use permit requests for expanding hog farms to the Murray County Board Tuesday morning. The first is for Darin and Shannon Henning and the second is for Glen Schoolmeester.

Christoffels will be looking for approval for the Hennings to expand an existing feedlot to more than 1,000 animal units (AU) by constructing a total confinement barn with concrete manure storage pit in the Agriculture District in Belfast Township.

She will also be looking for approval for Schoolmeester’s plan to do the same in Fenton Township.

A public hearing on both expansions was held on Feb. 15. In addition, the applications included a conditional use findings of fact Form, public hearing minutes and a PowerPoint slide presentation.

Hennings’ expansion includes construction of a 2,400 head total confinement swine barn with concrete manure pit. The site is currently registered for 2,400 hogs (720 animal units), after construction and expansion, the site total will be 4,800 head (1,440 animal units).

In Schoolmeester’s expansion, he plans to construct a 3,000 total confinement swine barn with concrete manure pit.

The site is currently registered for 680 hogs (204 animal units), after construction and expansion, the site total will be 3,680 head (1,104 animal units).

Each conditional use permit has its own special conditions.

Hennings’ includes complying with all governmental laws, rules and regulations as they apply to the project, dead livestock shall be rendered or composted with regulations for composting, the conditional use permit may be reviewed annually to ensure the conditions are being met and the permit holder shall obtain a signed written agreement with the township on the maintenance of roads and a copy of the agreement submitted to the Environmental Services Office before the project can begin.

Schoolmeester’s includes those four items plus: The permit holder must plant and maintain three rows of trees and shrubs, one row of shrubs and two rows of fast-growing trees of his choice, along the west side of the barn for the entire length of the barn. The trees and shrubs must be planted within one year of completion of the barn.

Both applicants were required to complete extensive applications for their conditional use permmits.

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