Appeal Challenges Slaughterhouse Planned For Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A former member of the Carson City Planning Commission has appealed the panel’s approval last month of a special use permit allowing the construction of a slaughterhouse along U.S. Highway 50 near the Carson City Airport.

In the formal challenge filed with the Carson City Board of Supervisors, Maxine Nietz cited concerns echoed by many others about the odor, waste and potential pollution of the Carson River by the slaughterhouse proposed by Carson Valley Meats, according to the Nevada Appeal.

The slaughterhouse is planned northeast of downtown Carson City and southeast of the airport. Homes closest to the property include a mobile home park to the west and a neighborhood to the south across U.S. 50.

“My basis for appeal is that Carson City is not a rural farming, ranching town,” Nietz told the Nevada Appeal last Friday.

Nietz, who served as chairman of the Planning Commission in 1995, said Carson Valley Meats should not have been allowed to make substantial changes to its application during the meeting when the panel approved the permit by a 4-1 vote.

She said the new conditions should have been brought back for a second public hearing.

The revised permit included some special restrictions for the project, including a requirement that all animals be held and processed indoors. It also prohibited the creation of an outdoor corral area and required Carson Valley Meats to return to the Planning Commission for a review one year after operations begin.

The city engineering department has said that pollution from the slaughterhouse is unlikely.

City staff recommended approval of the slaughterhouse, with additional conditions that restrict the facility’s exterior lighting, roadway and storm water drainage.

The plans called for a 5,000 square-foot (464-square-meter) building and a 5,600 square-foot (520-square meter) indoor corral area that would process no more than 60 animals per week — including beef, goat, lamb, swine, and wild game.

Animals would remain in the corral area for no more than 24 hours prior to processing. The slaughterhouse would have a small retail store selling pre-packaged meats.

The project's supporters have emphasized a need for farm-to-table food sources in Carson City.

Several who spoke at the planning commission hearing in support of the slaughterhouse cited the business expertise of Carson Valley Meats’ operations director Michael Holcomb, who also runs Wolf Pack Meats slaughterhouse in east Reno. Holcomb has been in the meat industry for more than three decades.