Poultry plant operation begins county review

By Hank Lohmeyer


The Delta County Planning Commission is set to review a specific development application on Wednesday, May 25, for a "small poultry processing plant to serve local producers of chickens and turkeys."

The operation is planned for 3085 Last Chance Road.

The planning commission's meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse and the poultry processing plant application is the fourth item on the evening's agenda.

The application is also scheduled to be reviewed, and possibly acted on, by the county commissioners on June 6 at 10 a.m. in Room 236 at the courthouse.

The applicants are Farm Fresh Chicken, LLC and Paul Le Blanc. Farm Fresh Chicken gives an address of Broomfield; Le Blanc's residence is in Saudi Arabia. He has worked for Butterball, LLC as plant engineer, and for other poultry operations, according to the application.

The application states, "Local producers report that they would increase production if the processing plant was available. It's almost as easy to raise 25,000 chickens as it is 200."

Under an operations plan outlined in the application, farmers would deliver their poultry on site at the facility, 3085 Last Chance Road. However, following the planning department receiving written comments from neighbors, that part of the plan has been amended to read, "We will have full control of the property and access the roads in a safe and controlled manner to reduce or [eliminate] feathers from leaving our vehicles while on public roads."

The plant would have a planned capacity of 500 birds per day. Offal and other unused portions of the animals will not be kept or disposed of on site. The plans are to build a steel structure "not larger than 50 feet by 100 feet" to serve as the plant.

"No more than six" full-time employees will be needed. There is one shift per day planned, and operations will be USDA inspected, the application states.

The review process will require the applicant satisfactorily addressing 14 planning staff recommendations; there will be more than a dozen stipulations cited by the county health department; and, concerns of neighbors will have to be addressed.