Slaughterhouse ban ‘bad for the economic future of the city’

A rendering of the Wholestone Farms pork processing plant planned for Sioux Falls.

The Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce has announced its official opposition to a proposed ordinance that would ban the construction or operation of new slaughterhouses within city limits, urging members to vote against it this November.

The Chamber announced the position Friday morning, becoming the latest organization to pick a side in the fight over Wholestone Farms’ plan to build a $500 million pork processing plant in northeastern Sioux Falls.

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The plan has received pushback from Citizens for a Sustainable Sioux Falls, a group that called for city government to halt the project due to what they called “profound implications on the health, safety, and quality of life of area residents.”

When that failed, the group successfully gathered signatures to place the proposed ordinance on the November ballot, which would add the following to the city’s code: