At their Jan. 7 meeting, county commissioners Don Suppes, Mark Roeber and Mike Lane approved the Fairfield Specialty Eggs project to move forward administratively, as provided for in the county's Specific Development Regulations.
Fairfield Specialty Eggs purchased two adjoining parcels of land located at 10079 Hidden Mesa Road in Austin. The property is located at the intersection of Hwy. 92 and Hidden Mesa Road on the south side of the railroad tracks.
Two prior Specific Development applications for the two parcels of land were reviewed and acted on through the administrative approval process. Kootenai Log Homes was approved in 2002. The second owner was Cox Enterprises in 2013.
Fairfield Specialty Eggs plans to construct an 80x60-foot egg warehouse: 80' x 40' will be a cooler room; 80' x 20' will provide drive-through access and storage, with access to the cooler room.
The proposed use is an egg warehouse with cooling. Egg washing is not being proposed at this time.
The use will be to gather eggs from local farms to be transported to processing facilities. The weekly truck traffic is estimated to be around 10 incoming partial loads from farms and five outgoing full loads. Incoming trucks will come and go from the east and west. Outgoing trucks will come in from the west and leave to the west. Fairfield Specialty Eggs estimates 15, plus or minus, trucks per week traffic, using Hwy. 92.
Fairfield Specialty Eggs proposes a truck and trailer access off Hidden Mesa Road to the north of the location of the warehouse, which will provide more room and better site distance for the trucks and trailers to access Hwy. 92. A new road will be required for the development for the trucks to access the warehouse. CDOT will document the access through the CDOT access permit process.
Currently the property is commercial and residential. Fairfield Specialty Eggs plans to keep it that way.