BROWNSTOWN — A Cortland couple hoping to build a confined animal feeding operation for 4,000 hogs cleared the first of several hurdles in the permitting process Tuesday night.
However, Nathan and Gwendolyn Newkirk were told by members of the Jackson County Plan Commission as well as its attorney they need to do a lot more work to improve the possibility of obtaining a special exception from the county Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Newkirks live at 10799 N. County Road 210E, Seymour, and plan to build the operation on two farms of 176 acres that they own with his parents on County Road 950N, northwest of Cortland.
“You don’t have to have IDEM approval, but it would help you,” board attorney John Rothring told the Newkirks in reference to the Indiana Department of Environmental permitting process.
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