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Nov 20, 2014 7:40 PM

Proposed chicken plant vote delayed in Concord

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CONCORD - Fournier Foods and angry residents squaring off.

"A more rural location seems to provide the more ideal situation," said Concord resident Jim Steiner.

"When you look at how food processing is used in the Concord zoning ordinance it's not a defined term and it's not a seperate use category."

In front of the Planning Board the company stated their case for putting a chicken plant at the end of Locke Road in East Concord.

"Everything else that's going to happen there from the cleaning, trucks driving around, live chickens being delivered, processed birds being picked up those are all ancillary to the primary processing use," said Fournier Foods attorney Amy Marzelli.

The primary use is what has some residents concerned.

"I think what we have here is a slaughter house. And so as I look at the zoning ordinance I don't see slaughter house as an allowed use," said Sokul.

The company views the plant as an opportunity for Concord to expand the chicken industry in New Hampshire. But the board decided to table the discussion because of improper documentation.

"There is only one primary use at this facility and that is processing," said Marzelli.

For months many have voiced concerns about the controversial poultry plant. Now they'll have to wait at least another month before a decision is made.


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