A “zoning action in progress” sign marks the location of a proposed poultry operation at 13350 W. Wittstruck Road last year. A judge on Friday rejected an appeal of the County Board’s approval of the operation. A “zoning action in progress” sign marks the location of a proposed poultry operation at 13350 W. Wittstruck Road last year. A judge on Friday rejected an appeal of the County Board’s approval of the operation. The Lancaster County Board’s approval last year of a poultry farm in the southwest part of the county was legal and based on sound reasoning, a judge ruled Friday. Lancaster County District Judge Jodi Nelson said in her ruling that the application by Randy Essink for an operation raising broiler chickens “not only meets, but exceeds the criteria for approval as set forth in the zoning regulations.” Essink last year applied to build four barns on land he owns at 13350 W. Wittstruck Road to hold approximately 190,000 broiler chickens that will be trucked to the Costco processing plant in Fremont. The application was approved 6-3 by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission and 3-2 by the County Board despi...