Since the beginning of the year, we have had two reports of proposed commercial landfills in the Ogeechee basin. The first is allegedly proposed in the Bryan County area near Pembroke and Black Creek. It's Ogeechee Riverkeeper's understanding at this time that no permits have been filed, but the commerical interest is lobbying the Bryan County Board of Commissioners pretty hard. Details to follow in the coming weeks.
The second proposed landfill is an inert landfill in Bulloch County in an old sand mining operation at the back of the industrial park. The property backs up to Lotts Creek, and is potentially near drinking water wells. The Bulloch County planning and zoning commission will take up the proposed landfill application on Feb 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm. The application is available on our website, and we plan to have comments drafted on potential impacts in advance of the meeting.
All concerned citizens are encouarged to attend the planning and zoning meeting in Statesboro on Feb 10, 2011 6:00 pm.
On Feb 10, 2011, the Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend to the Bulloch County Commissioners denial of the conditional use permit for the proposed inert landfill near Lotts Creek.
The discussion by the Bulloch County Commissioners was tabled for the March meeting at the request of the applicant. To our knowledge it is currently slated for review in April. ORK has submitted our concerns to both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the County Commissioners.
The proposed municipal solid waste landfill in Bryan County near Black Creek has submitted an application for a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) to the Coastal Regional Commission. The application is available here.
DRI review is the first step in gaining approval through the local planning process. ORK is reviewing these materials as well as the potential impacts of this proposal and will be submitting comments to the local agencies within the coming weeks.