Without zoning laws, no stopping 28,000 turkeys on farm

INDIANA - The prospect of 28,000 turkeys as neighbors has ruffled the feathers of many people, though they might not be able to do anything about the birds moving in.
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When some people who live near the farm complained to Lawrence County commissioners about the coming fowl, they were told that the county cannot block the plans since it does not have zoning ordinances.

"And even if there was zoning, I am almost positive it would be zoned agricultural, which means they would have to give them the permit anyway," commissioners President Bill Spreen said.

Kyle Hall said his family would be spending nearly $600,000 for the venture in a rural area about 25 miles south of Bloomington. Hall and Commissioner David Flinn said the farm would not need a state permit as long as it had fewer than 30,000 turkeys.

Hall said he was seeking a building permit for a $20,000 structure to keep manure dry.

"Without the permit, I don't build that building and I just spread the manure over the 50 acres," he said. "That's where you get the smell."

Source: FortWayne.com

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