Carson Valley Meats’ proposed slaughterhouse is located near the corner of Highway 50 and Detroit Road. The nearest residents to the project include a mobile home park approximately 900 feet to the west, and a neighborhood roughly to the northwest, across the highway.
Before Carson Valley Meats returns to the Planning Commission on Dec. 15, it will host a community forum to answer questions regarding plans for a slaughterhouse on Highway 50.
The open house will be held at Adams Hub for Innovation on 111 Proctor St., Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Project representatives will be available to answer questions.
In a press release, Karin Sinclair, owner of Carson Valley Meats, said the forum is “an opportunity to have questions and concerns answered by the experts, to lay to rest some of the misinformation, misperceptions and unfounded fears about our project circulating on social media and in the news.”
The Carson City Planning Commission held its first public hearing for Carson Valley Meats’ slaughterhouse application in September. Due to an error, some residents near the project did not receive city notices about the public hearing. Hence, the Planning Commission will have a “re-do” hearing this month, as Community Development Director Hope Sullivan described it.
The original plans the Planning Commission heard call for an entirely indoor facility that would be limited to no more than 60 animals at a time. All animals will be processed within 24 hours of arrival, and their waste materials will be removed directly after processing. The slaughterhouse would only be allowed to operate for one day per week, with three annual exceptions for special events, such as the Silver and Sage youth livestock show.
It is likely that Carson Valley Meats will bring forward an application with the same conditions, considering the Planning Commission previously approved those conditions.
During the September meeting, residents expressed concerns about noise, odor, insect infestations, pollution, and more. Supporters cited the need for farm-to-table food sources.
The closest residents to the project include a mobile home park approximately 900 feet to the west, and a neighborhood roughly to the northwest, across the highway.
Residents had appealed the Planning Commission’s approval to Board of Supervisors, when the noticing error was discovered.
In their press release, Carson Valley Meats emphasized that the project is in an industrial area and will be USDA certified.
Residents are welcome to drop in at any time during Wednesday’s question-and-answer forum. The Adams Hub has a capacity limit of 80 people.
The planning commission is set to meet Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. The agenda has not been released as of Tuesday.
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