Turkey houses proposed

Published 3:31 am Friday, October 19, 2018

Members of the Buckingham County Planning Commission are set to hold a public hearing Monday for two proposed turkey houses in the area of Route 622, Sharon Church Road in the northern portion of the county.

Applicant Joel Steinruck is requesting of a rezoning for the 114.86-acre property from Agriculture-1 (A-1) to Agriculture Comprehensive (AC-1) for the purpose of operating turkey houses.

“The application indicates that he will have approximately 30,000 turkeys and will be able to meet the ordinance setback requirements,” the planning commission board packet cited.

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The meeting is set to be held at 7 p.m. at the County Administration building at 13380 W. James Anderson Highway.

There are seven conditions for the project that include that the turkey houses comply with federal, state and local regulations, including obtaining a Nutrient Management Plan and Erosion and Sediment Control Plan before installing the facility.

The turkey houses, according to the applicant in the meeting board packet, will be 63 feet by 704 feet. Each house would contain approximately 15,000 birds, the packet cited. The operation of the houses will be family-run.