HERMISTON -- A proposed horse slaughtering facility near Hermiston will face opposition by the city when the company submits an application to the Umatilla County Planning Department.
The city of Hermiston's land-use attorney recently provided an opinion that such a facility is not a permitted-use on the proposed site near the interchange of insterstates 84 and 82 west of Hermiston, according to a news release from the city. The operation is owned by California-based Liberated L&E.
The Hermiston City Council agreed this week to allow City Manager Ed Brookshier to move ahead on legal recommendations to block the development of the slaughter facility near the intersection of Westland Road.
The slaughter house operators, who propose to butcher between 150 and 200 horses daily, will have to apply for an amendment to the Umatilla County Development Code and receive an exemption to two Oregon Statewide Planning Goals, according to the city.
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The Umatilla County Planning Commission would be the first entity to hear the request before making a recommendation to the county commissioners.
"If one (horse slaughter facility) needs to be built, I don't think this is the place," said Councilman Rod Hardin in the release.
Although the potential facility is outside of Hermiston's Urban Growth Boundary, city officials worry about the long-term negative economic effects to the area.
"Most everyone who I've talked to about this agrees that this would be a bad thing," said Mayor Bob Severson in the release.
The facility, which would be visible from the freeway interchange, would be just south the Hermiston Generating Plant.