Planning commission approves rezone
Poultry company will move forward with plans
Leader Assistant Editor
The Box Elder County Planning Commission held a public hearing last week to discuss a rezone request from Western Pride Foods, on property located at 4800 N., Wakegan Road, in the unincorporated area of Box Elder County near Bear River City. After listening to an overview of the project and public comments, the planning commission recommended an approval and forwarded the issue to the county commission. If approved the rezone would change 175 acres from RR-20 to General Industrial.
The planning commission had to determine whether the proposal is consistent with the goals, objectives and policies of the county’s general plan and whether it is harmonious with the overall character of the existing development.
Petitioner Tom Welch of Western Pride Foods gave an overview of what the $307 million project, which includes a poultry farm, a granary and a processing plant, means for residents in Box Elder County. They will employ 500 people the day they open and 1100 people by year three, he said.
“I know it means a lot to the state and the economy here. We are designing this in a way so it has as little impact on the lifestyle and quality of those people living here.”
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