Board denies waste transfer station
Springfield News-Sun (Ohio), 2014-02-20
Feb. 20--SPRINGFIELD -- The city's Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to deny an application for a conditional use permit for the planned $2.5 million solid waste transfer station on Wednesday night in front of a large crowd at the City Hall Forum.
About 100 residents attended the approximately 3.5-hour meeting, many holding signs that read "No Trash Transfer Recycling Station." The residents applauded as board chair Fred Tiffany announced the conditional use permit had been denied.
The facility would separate recyclable materials from trash and would replace a similar transfer station in Vandalia that is closing. It would create 12 to 14 full-time jobs that pay between $10 and $20 per hour. The facility would see approximately 12 to 15 trucks per day.
The 10.92-acre site is located near the United Parcel Service building, 500 W. Leffel Lane.
City staff had recommended approval of the development with specific provisions, including all waste handling activity be limited to the area 200 feet south of the creek that runs through the property and that the wooded area remain as a buffer between the residential area to the north.
The location was already zoned for general manufacturing, according to Bryan Heck, the city's planning and zoning administrator. A completely enclosed solid waste transfer station is also a permitted conditional use for general manufacturing.
The property sits 140 feet from the nearest residential property in the Southgate neighborhood. The facility was expected to be approximately 24,000 square feet. Developers were planning to keep three to four acres of woods behind the facility as a buffer zone.
Developers also have been in contact with city officials about alternate locations. The developers have also said they have spoken with another county about possibly relocating the planned solid waste transfer station.
County commissioners voted to support the project as part of the Clark County Solid Waste District's waste management plan last December.
The permit did not have to be approved by the city commission. All five commissioners had indicated their opposition to the proposal.
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