Neighbors of Planned Chicken Houses Find Meeting Frustrating - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Neighbors of Planned Chicken Houses Find Meeting Frustrating

Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)
DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- The proverbial chicken is already out of the coop. That was the theme of a discussion Tuesday night in Dover about two massive chicken operations planned for southern Kent County and the future of chicken farming in central Delaware.

Two separately-owned sites in one small area of Farmington are approved to have as many as a combined 30 chicken houses.

Neighbors are really concerned. But they were told at the meeting, despite the size of these projects, they are legal and well within state and county rules and regulations. So they're going ahead. And with concerns about road safety, water quality, smell and property value decline, that's something neighbors find frustrating.

Angel Harrington lives right next to one of the sites of the chicken houses. She was one of the dozens of people who packed into a room in the Levy Court Building Tuesday night.

"I felt like it was saying, 'We're sorry, but there's nothing we can do now," she said. "The cat is out of the bag. The cat is out of the bag, so to speak. Maybe we'll do something for the future. But there's nothing we can do now.'"

Levy Court Commissioner Eric Buckson, who called the meeting, said the county follows the planning and zoning rules set in state statute.

"They've been very clear, and I think rightfully so, that agricultural use should be permitted," he said. "The question is, is this a game changer?"

Buckson said it is unprecedented in Kent County. Delaware Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee said the plan for these sites might be the largest he has seen in his career.

"I don't think we can change this," Kee said. "Because decisions have been made according to the rules. But also I think it has stimulated some possible rethinking about size and scope and what's appropriate."

"State leaders have to decide is this something that's bigger than they envisioned, and we could lose control of if we're not careful," said Buckson. "Or are we OK with it, and we just want to move out of the way?"

Buckson wonders if the huge chicken operations in Farmington might be only the tip of the iceberg for Kent County. Kee doesn't think so.

"Frankly, I think these house situations that have popped up are an anomaly, just happening as a fluke or coincidence," he said. "I don't think we're going to see much more of this."

As far as what could be changed moving forward, one idea that was mentioned was that state law could make future, similar plans qualify as a "commercial," rather than "agricultural." That would significantly increase the amount of scrutiny a project would face at multiple levels during its approval process.
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Three Victims Sent to Hospital After Shooting at Royals Farms in Salisbury

    Three Victims Sent to Hospital After Shooting at Royals Farms in Salisbury

    10/22/2017 15:05:00 -04:002017-10-22 19:05:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 22 2017 3:05 PM EDT2017-10-22 19:05:35 GMT
    (Image: MGN)(Image: MGN)
    At 2:34 am Sunday morning deputies were called to the Royal Farms Store, at 7900 Royalty Way, in Salisbury in response to a shooting.When deputies arrived, they learned that a physical altercation took place that led to one person producing a hMore
    At 2:34 am Sunday morning deputies were called to the Royal Farms Store, at 7900 Royalty Way, in Salisbury in response to a shooting.When deputies arrived, they learned that a physical altercation took place that led to one person producing a hMore
  • Shooting in Salisbury Leaves Man in Critical Condition

    Shooting in Salisbury Leaves Man in Critical Condition

    10/22/2017 07:46:00 -04:002017-10-22 11:46:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 22 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-10-22 18:43:34 GMT
    Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.More
    Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.More
  • Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    10/21/2017 21:09:00 -04:002017-10-22 01:09:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 22 2017 7:38 AM EDT2017-10-22 11:38:52 GMT
    Dewey Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St.Traffic inMore
    Delaware State Police say the investigation is still ongoing following a fatal accident Saturday afternoon in Dewey Beach that killed two men from Washington, D.C.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    10/21/2017 21:09:00 -04:002017-10-22 01:09:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 22 2017 7:38 AM EDT2017-10-22 11:38:52 GMT
    Dewey Beach, DE- The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St.Traffic inMore
    Delaware State Police say the investigation is still ongoing following a fatal accident Saturday afternoon in Dewey Beach that killed two men from Washington, D.C.More
  • Shooting in Salisbury Leaves Man in Critical Condition

    Shooting in Salisbury Leaves Man in Critical Condition

    10/22/2017 07:46:00 -04:002017-10-22 11:46:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 22 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-10-22 18:43:34 GMT
    Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.More
    Salisbury Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition.More
  • Three Victims Sent to Hospital After Shooting at Royals Farms in Salisbury

    Three Victims Sent to Hospital After Shooting at Royals Farms in Salisbury

    10/22/2017 15:05:00 -04:002017-10-22 19:05:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 22 2017 3:05 PM EDT2017-10-22 19:05:35 GMT
    (Image: MGN)(Image: MGN)
    At 2:34 am Sunday morning deputies were called to the Royal Farms Store, at 7900 Royalty Way, in Salisbury in response to a shooting.When deputies arrived, they learned that a physical altercation took place that led to one person producing a hMore
    At 2:34 am Sunday morning deputies were called to the Royal Farms Store, at 7900 Royalty Way, in Salisbury in response to a shooting.When deputies arrived, they learned that a physical altercation took place that led to one person producing a hMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    Fatal Crash on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach

    The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St. Saturday night.

    More

    The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is working with the Dewey Beach Police Department with an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Coastal Highway in the area of Salisbury and New Orleans St. Saturday night.

    More
  • Police Activity at Royal Farms

    Police Activity at Royal Farms

    An unspecified incident took place at the Royal Farms off Route 50, near Hebron. Police were in the parking lot, deputies were inside investigating, and it appeared that the glass from one of the front doors had been shattered. It is unclear exactly what took place, although there are unconfirmed reports of a possible shooting around 2:45 this morning. We will be sure to update you with more information as it becomes available.

    More

    An unspecified incident took place at the Royal Farms off Route 50, near Hebron. Police were in the parking lot, deputies were inside investigating, and it appeared that the glass from one of the front doors had been shattered. It is unclear exactly what took place, although there are unconfirmed reports of a possible shooting around 2:45 this morning. We will be sure to update you with more information as it becomes available.

    More
  • Police Arrest A Baltimore Man for Unsolved Murder of UMES Student

    Police Arrest A Baltimore Man for Unsolved Murder of UMES Student

    Maryland State Police arrested 25-year-old Davonta M. Braxton, of Baltimore, Md.

    Officers say Braxton is charged in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair, who was a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Braxton has been a student at the university, but is not currently enrolled, according to school records.

    More

    Maryland State Police arrested 25-year-old Davonta M. Braxton, of Baltimore, Md.

    Officers say Braxton is charged in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair, who was a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Braxton has been a student at the university, but is not currently enrolled, according to school records.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices