A new chicken farm was approved by council in the RM of La Broquerie last week.
Applicant Jed Reimer was granted two land-use permits for the farm during a virtual council meeting held last Wednesday, March 24.
Reimer received a conditional use permit to establish a farm of up to 299 animal units. Ryan Curwin, the RM’s development officer, said that equates to 60,000 to 90,000 birds, depending on the proportion of pullets to broilers.
Reimer also received a variance allowing him to reduce the separation distance between a home and a livestock barn to 586 feet from the required 3,511 feet.
The farm will be situated between Steinbach and La Broquerie on an 80-acre property located one mile south of Highway 52 at the intersection of Borland Road and St Joseph Road. Curwin noted there is already a chicken farm in the vicinity.
No one objected to the proposal during the public hearing. Coun. Ivan Normandeau praised Reimer for speaking with his neighbours ahead of time.
Responding to a question from Coun. Darrell Unger, Curwin confirmed feed trucks servicing the farm must keep to designated gravel truck routes.