Neighbors of a proposed housing development on the outskirts of Iowa City say they’ll push back against the subdivision by starting to prepare a tract of land across the road for a hog operation. The Johnson County supervisors approved the rezoning of 70 acres of land for the subdivision last week.
Laurie Tulchin will be part owner of the hogs. “It’s gonna smell a lot,“ Tulchin says. The pigs would be kept on land belonging to the farm that’s across the street from the proposed subdivision.
“They already raise hogs, they have cattle out here, so it’s not that unusual to expand the operation out here,” Tulchin says.
They hope putting in a hog operation will keep developers from building homes there.
The neighbors say if the developer decides not to build houses on the land, they’ll scale down the business.