The Edmunds County Commission will meet in special session at 9 a.m. April 30 for a public hearing of appeal regarding a building permit for a turkey facility.
The meeting will be in the community room in the courthouse, 210 Second Ave., Ipswich.
The permit was submitted by Farm Holdings SD 12, a limited liability company owned by Hendrix Genetics, which is based in the Netherlands. It would allow for seven connected barns to be built as part of a “pod” that would house 26,800 turkeys, according to information from Hendrix Genetics. It would be about 2 miles southwest of Ipswich and about a half-mile away from a home. Some residents have expressed concerns about odors.
This is the second time residents have appealed the permit. Last time, the county commission sent it back to the planning and zoning commission because its meeting agenda was not properly published on the county’s website. That led to the planning and zoning board approving the permit a second time.
Two other Hendrix Genetics building permits for hog pods in Edmunds County have been approved.