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McClatchy-Tribune  08/08/2014 1:36 PM ET
P & G plant in Box Elder gains 'protected' status [Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah :: ]

Aug. 08--BRIGHAM CITY -- Box Elder County has approved the designation of the 700-acre site of the Procter and Gamble plant just outside Bear River City as an Industrial Protection Area.

Protection from what, remains to be seen.

The designation is more commonly used for farms, as in Agricultural Protection Area, meant to save dairy farmers from nuisance complaints when residential developments crowd pastures and complain of odors, which county officials cited as the more common example.

The state statute creating the protection area includes a section for an Industrial Protection Area, or IPA, said Mitch Zundel, county economic development director. The statute allows for the protection areas in addition to ban government from enacting laws that "unreasonably restrict the practice allowed on the site," he said.

"It basically protects them from an angry neighbor filing a nuisance lawsuit," County Planner Scott Lyons said.

It's the first approved for a manufacturing site in the county, officials said.

Not that anything is threatening the Proctor & Gamble site.

The Box Elder County Commission approved the P&G IPA Wednesday with no opposition voiced. The county planning commission approved it in July.

Lyons said no development projects for properties adjacent the 700-acre P&G site are currently pending in his office.

County Commissioner Stan Summers said the IPA was not in reaction to any perceived encroachment,. but something P&G has been planning to do since its March 2011 ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the plant.

Adjacent land-owners within 1,000 feet were given notice of the pending IPA by the County Clerk's Office, which reported of 26 land-owners contacted, no complaints or objections were received.

The only other IPA in the county was approved in 2011 for Tremonton City's compost mulching operation.

Calls to P&G for comment were not immediately returned.

At the 2011 ribbon-cutting, Gov. Gary Herbert said the plant would initially employ 200 with plans to reach 1,000 in the future.

At the ribbon cutting flanked by pallets of Charmin bathroom tissue and Bounty paper towels, Herbert said the $300 million plant was the first built by P&G in North America in more than 30 years. He said the company was the largest consumer products producer in the world.


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