Earlier this month, the County’s Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to re-zone 150 acres of land to allow for general industrial development. That reclassification of the property will allow more than 195 industrial uses, including a new Sanderson Farms poultry processing plant. It’s been reported that County officials had been courting the Sanderson Farms facility and its approximated 1,100 jobs, and that, in turn, the Nash County property is a finalist for the “high tech” and “well-regulated” processing plant. It’s also been reported that the City of Wilson in Wilson County, to the south of the re-zoned land at issue, has committed $1,000,000 to fight the proposed project should plans advance.
The lesson is that contentious projects do not singly divide between developers and the local governments/public outcry. These situations are oftentimes more complicated, and, as here, can even divide between local governments. With Sanderson Farms currently enjoying what seems to be a “leg” up, we’ll follow how this issue proceeds.
***UPDATE November 23, 2010 UPDATE***
Mike Thelen is a lawyer in Womble Carlyle’s Real Estate Litigation practice group. He regularly represents a wide variety of clients in land use and land development issues, from local governments to businesses, in both state and federal venues throughout North Carolina.
Categories: Commercial Zoning