ORANGE — The Orange County Preparing Fee has opened a community hearing to get comments on a special-use permit application for a livestock slaughtering and processing facility in the former Orange Livestock Current market on U.S. 15.
The exclusive-use allow software, submitted by William Renaud on behalf of Piedmont Processing, seeks to repurpose the existing kitchen and restaurant for livestock processing and slaughtering in the facility purchased and renovated by Mike and Patti Knight. The proposal also phone calls for building of a 30 x 40 concrete pad outside the 1950s Knight Cattle Corp. facility on U.S. 15.
The 25.73-acre residence is zoned general industrial (I-2) and is found in the economic development recommended upcoming land use class as explained in Orange County’s In depth Strategy.
In his software to the Scheduling Commission, Renaud notes the property and its current use by now are agriculture-relevant companies and suggests the application would have no effects on the county, its infrastructure, natural environment or neighboring qualities.
He explained the only development necessary would be the proposed concrete pad at the close of the existing cattle coral, adjoining the exterior wall alongside the kitchen area and cafe.
Renaud reported economic benefits would incorporate furnishing more processing capacity to nearby farmers and producers. He stated his goal is to have the facility be inspected by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Customer Services.