By Mary Beth Gahan
September 8, 2015
The City Council will consider a change tonight that would give it more freedom to reduce the distance between trash processing facilities and homes, despite a request from civic leagues for more time to understand how the change could affect their neighborhoods.
The amendment to the city code would give council members the power to decide whether a trash facility could be less than 1,500 feet away from homes. The amendment would exclude shorter setbacks for landfills and facilities that process hazardous waste.
The change would clear the way for conditional-use permits to be issued for two companies: Hampton Roads Integrated BioEnergy Complex, which bought a 64-acre industrial site off Bainbridge Boulevard near the High-Rise Bridge this year, and W.L. Black & Associates, which has an existing waste-management facility on U.S. 17 south of Military Highway.
Both sites are within 1,500 feet of homes and would require a setback reduction in order to obtain the permits.
Neighborhood groups in the Crestwood area near the BioEnergy Complex site had asked for 60 days before a vote to gather information on what the ordinance change would mean for them. The council put it on tonights agenda anyway, giving the civic leagues 13 days.
Everybodys about the business, said Michael Ricks, a Crestwood Parkside Civic League member. Nobodys about the people and the taxpayers.
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.