A special exception must be reviewed by both the planning commission and zoning hearing board. Variances are also reviewed by both the planning commission and zoning hearing board.
Synagro has submitted no new application materials since December 5, and it is not known how they plan to proceed. During information sessions on January 9 and January 10, some attendees were told that Syangro is attempting to find a site within the Solid Waste district, where its use is permitted as are multiple uses.
- Continue to pursue the site depicted on current site plan, in the Commercial Industrial district
- Change to a site within the Solid Waste district
- Petition to expand the Solid Waste district, and develop a site in the expanded area
- Withdrawal application and walk away
- Proceed with the current Site Plan and one variance request that have been filed.
- Submit a variance request for a non-permitted use, and proceed with the current Site Plan and current variance request.
- Submit a new Site Plan with a 5 acre site defined, or submit a variance application due to not meeting the 5 acre requirement.
- The probability of obtaining the two use variances needed is 0. Variances are not precedential, so the variance issued in 2014 to add a gas pump to the property has no bearing on a new application. Furthermore, there is a second variance for a non-permitted use - the most difficult variance there is, and no hardship to justify granting in this case. Bullshit alert - this blogger was told by someone "Joe Schmo said this is a done deal, because there was a variance previously granted on this site." Tell Joe he doesn't know WTF he's talking about, and you read it on a blog somewhere. If this was a "done deal", Synagro would not have tabled its application in December and January. Besides, they also need a second variance for a non-permitted use. Come on, Joe, everyone has an ass - don't use it for talking because shit is coming out.
- Submit a Site Plan for a location within the Solid Waste district, along with a variance request if a 5 acre area can not be found.
- There are steep slopes on much of the undeveloped portions of the Solid Waste district. A special exception is triggered if the target site is between a 15 and 20% slope, or within 100 feet of such a slope.
- The most obvious area of expansion, on the southeast portion of the existing district, is far away from the Green Knight Energy Center's waste heat source, a stream for wastewater, and natural gas as a backup heat source.
- The probability of the Board of Supervisors approving expansion of the Solid Waste District is slim.
#3, expansion of the Solid Waste district is highly unlikely.
That leaves #2 and #4. Are Waste Management and Synagro going to walk away from what they believe is a perfect site for a human waste processing plant and big juicy profits? Doubtful. Waste Management can virtually go sky is the limit on rent - where else is Synagro going to find a place for this pile of crap? This blogger's money is on door #2 - find a way to chisel a 5 acre site out of the Solid Waste district. This is not as easy as it sounds, even with a site of 345 acres, because the dump covers much of the area. The low lying area of this lot on the western edge is known as Grand Central Woods, and would present interesting environmental and drainage challenges if Synagro sets its sights there to locate its crap bakery.
That's a lot of possibilities - when will we know something?