Plans for a proposed Hillandale Farms layer facility and feed mill have been denied by The Codorus Township Board of Supervisors in York County, Pennsylvania.
Plans for the Hillandale Farms expansion projects, proposed by the company and farm manager James Bailey, were initially proposed in April. Around that same time, a group known as Friends of York County Family Farmers formed with the intent of stopping the expansion.
According to a report from the Evening Sun, more than 150 township residents attending the board meeting, prompting the board to relocate the meeting from the municipal offices to a larger room. The board then approved three ordinances related to agriculture and zoning, one of which specifically aimed to place public health regulations on large farming operations like Bailey’s.
In addition to the plans for the new layer facility and feed mill, Bailey later in July had submitted a proposal to have a new barn build, also in Codorus Township. That barn, according to the submitted plans, would have been capable of holding 60,500 chickens.
Hillandale Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the seventh largest egg producer in the United States, housing an estimated 9 million laying hens. The company has production facilities in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast and supplies retailers and distributors throughout the eastern half of the United States.