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Hall County Planning Commission to consider poultry plant
Request seeks rezoning for 5,000-square-foot site
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A poultry company is seeking a zoning change that would enable it to build a 5,000-square-foot processing plant off Timberridge Road near Joe Chandler Road in East Hall.

Z-H Farms LLC plans to take the request at 5:15 p.m. today to the Hall County Planning Commission, which is meeting in the Georgia Mountains Center, 301 Main St.

“We are going to produce an all-natural, organic, antibiotic-free, free-range chicken,” according to paperwork filed with the county. “In order to meet customer (specifications), we are going to process the birds on the farm.”

The document further states: “The process will be minimally mechanized. We intend to process a few days a week.”

The processing would take place in the 5,000-square-foot building, depicted in a map that accompanies the application.

“We will dispose of all waste properly,” states the document. “We plan to carry the waste to a local rendering plant.”

The property line is 1,287 feet west of Timberridge.

Zac Hill, listed as a contact for Z-H Farms, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Z-H Farms is listed on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website as having its principal office in Cleveland and having been created in August 2009.

In another matter before the planning board, Gainesville engineering firm Rochester & Associates Inc. is seeking to rezone nearly 51 acres east of Monroe Drive and about 1,100 feet south of Athens Highway.

The purpose is to create retail/office/industrial outparcels along U.S. 129 and Monroe Drive and to expand adjoining property that includes an auto salvage site and landfill.

Current stipulations on the adjoining property would carry over to the expanded site, county documents state.

“New landfill activities are limited to 100 feet above the highest elevation of the existing site,” according to the documents.

Brian Rochester or Rochester & Associates couldn’t be reached for comment.

Once the planning commission approves or denies the applications, the matter then moves on for final OK — now set for Nov. 8 — to the Hall County Board of Commissioners.