Written by David Castellon
The Fresno Planning Commission will consider on Thursday a proposal to expand Harris Ranch Beef Company’s cattle slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant south of Selma.
That expansion on five contiguous parcels totaling just under 60 acres would include construction of a 33,491-square-foot finished goods warehouse and distribution center with truck docks; two processing buildings 54,907 and 7,500 square feet in size; additional employee and truck parking; a 180,000-square-foot anaerobic pond; a 19.28-acre retention basin for treated wastewater; and a secondary wastewater treatment facility, along with other improvements, states the Planning Commission’s agenda.
The plant, originally called “Selma Beef” when operations began there in the early 1900s, is located about two miles from Selma, on the west side of South McCall Avenue, between east Clarkson and Elkhorn avenues.
Harris Ranch bought it in 1976, according to county documents.
The proposal also seeks a permit to allow the irrigation of two farm parcels — each more than 70 acres in size — with treated wastewater from the wastewater facility to grow Sudan grass and winter forage for cattle, the documents continue.
The documents, prepared by county planning staff, go on to say that a traffic-impact study related to the expansion proposal revealed that the Harris Ranch facility generates more truck traffic than identified in an earlier traffic study, causing a significant pavement impact on McCall Avenue and recommends that to go forward with this latest expansion, Harris Ranch should agree to make a monetary contribution to help pay for a new pavement overlay on McCall Avenue.
The Planning Commission meeting will start at 8:45 a.m. at 2281 Tulare St., room 301.