Commercial slaughter and processing facilities are legal in parts of Hanover County, provided the businesses obtain a conditional use permit. The Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance allowing such facilities in the A-1, Agricultural District, at its Feb. 13 meeting. This statute does not apply to poultry slaughtering, however.
According to Planning Director David Maloney, for a slaughtering facility to be eligible, they must comply with federal or state regulations. The lot has to be at least 20 acres. The facility, excluding stock pens, cannot exceed 15,000 square feet, and it must be situated at least 200 feet from any property line and outside the Suburban Service Area. All slaughtering and processing activities must also occur within an enclosed structure. The minimum lot size is intended to reduce the likelihood of a facility locating near a residential subdivision.
No one addressed the board during the public hearing.
Beaverdam District Supervisor Bucky Stanley made a motion for approval, commenting, “I’ve had several individuals in my district that came forward and would like to do this.”
“I think with all the restrictions, it is pretty tough,” Stanley added. “That CUP does raise some questions, but I think the general public would accept this with the CUP.”
Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis commended the ordinance.
“I feel privileged that we can go back to letting people do things in Hanover that they were allowed to do 100 years before the law stepped in,” he said.
Davis thanked staff for working quickly on the ordinance to move it through the process.
For the second supervisors meeting in a row, several residents stepped forward during Citizens Time to request more funding for the public schools.
Speakers advocating for the schools consisted of teachers, parents, and a student. Ten spoke during the evening portion of the meeting, and a couple of others addressed the board during the afternoon segment. Dozens more attended the evening meeting in support of the schools.
Some speakers called for higher taxes to support the schools as well as public safety. Suggestions included raising the real estate tax rate to previous levels or investigating the possibility of a meals tax.