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Couple Withdraws Bid For Hog Farm: Local Opposition Reason

Last updated on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

(BROWNSTOWN) - Steadfast opposition from some nearby property owners led a rural Seymour couple to withdraw their request to operate a 4,000-head confined animal feeding operation in Hamilton Township.

Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals was scheduled to consider a request for a special exception for the hog barn from Nathan and Gwendolyn Newkirk during its meeting last week.

Instead, the Newkirks withdrew the request.

Opposition from neighboring property owners led to that decision, Nathan Newkirk said Thursday. Public reaction to a similar request this summer concerning a proposed hog farm near Brownstown likely hurt his plans, he added.

Newkirk talked to several of the neighbors in April and none at that time opposed the operation. But he soon found some had changed their minds.

Newkirk said he tried to answer their concerns but determined his best step was to withdraw the request.

Newkirk says some of the concerns were "so far off of reality" he couldn't answer them.
Reaction against the hog farm disappoints the family.

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