Smithfield Expansion, you don’t know unless you ask

I’ve noticed that Stormland-TV has been trying to get a comment from Smithfield about their expansion and have had little luck. So with the help of Councilor Theresa Stehly and Council Operations Manager, Jim David I had them direct some of my questions to the Planning Department. Here was there response;

I have looked into your request below and have the following information;

  1. A stormwater management report was submitted to the City of Sioux Falls Engineering Department at the beginning of this year for our review prior to a permit being issued for the $12,500,000.00 hog barn expansion.  City Engineering staff reviewed the stormwater management report and found it to meet City requirements;
  2. Smithfield obtains a permit from the State of South Dakota for water discharge into the Big Sioux River because of their onsite treatment facility;
  3. A FRRP (Flood Risk Reduction Project) Alteration request was submitted to the Corps of Engineers (Omaha District) at the end of May 2018.  The request was approved by the Corps and submitted to the Environmental Engineering Team with the City;
  4. In regards to Planning Commission and City Council Review the site is zoned and has been zoned for some time I-2, Heavy industrial.  This zoning district allows a Stockyard/Slaughtering of animals as well as processing.  Therefore, additional approvals by the Planning Commission and City Council are not required.
  5. You are correct it is existing Smithfield land.  It is being constructed on the site of the old holding barn as well as some employee parking spaces.  One aspect I forgot to mention is the new building will have a concrete floor that will be washed down daily.  The old barn had a wood floor and they had to use bedding materials that generated most of the odor. 

Thanks again for your inquiry.  Smithfield met all the requirements of our ordinances; therefore, we were able to issue them a building permit.  If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to email or call.  Thanks.

Jason Bieber

Urban Planner, City of Sioux Falls


#1 anominous on 10.26.18 at 9:08 pm

#2 Blasphemo on 10.27.18 at 9:41 am

All the sculpture walks and flashy new medical offices in world will never discount the scourge of the fetid stench of Smithfield wafting to all corners of town. As long as that bucket of blood is in the city center, Sioux Falls will never escape the image of an unsophisticated farm town. Plus, now there is the Spectre of Chinese-owned Smithfield being eligible for Trump’s trade war bailout cash!! Time to show this little shop of horrors the door, and retrain the displaced employees to work for some of the new, cleaner businesses that have set up shop here.

#3 D@ily Spin on 10.27.18 at 11:41 am

Smithfield has been growing for years. It’s a little late to restrict this vital employer. Credit card operations show cut backs. If they’ve met the criteria, they should be allowed to expand. Yes, there’s smell but Brandon gets the downstream pollution. They’ve been silent and (therefore) accepting.