After a two-year application process with Norfolk County, Council refused the future expansion of a local small business on Tuesday September 9, 2014. Applicant Bernie Debono of Waterford’s Norfolk Disposal Services Ltd. worked with Agents Michael Higgins and John Vallee of G. Douglas Vallee Ltd. to overcome various obstacles including an Environmental Compliance Approval from the Ministry of Environment which would allow the new Canadian technology studied by the University of Rome only under strict rules and regulations including acoustic assessment/ audits, noise control measures, maintenance, emergency procedures, notification of complaints and the opportunity to revoke approval.
After meeting all planning and development requirements Norfolk County Planning staff recommended approval of the proposed development.
The proposed business expansion promoted economic development by providing a mix and range of employment uses for long term needs and provided opportunities for a diversified economic base. The conversion of household waste to fuel also provided a waste management facility of an appropriate size and type to accommodate present and future requirements, and facilitate, encourage and promote reduction, reuse and recycling objectives. Furthermore, Senior Planner Mary Elder outlined that the proposed development met the Ministry of Environment D-6 Guidelines which outlined a potential influence area of 70 meters to a neighbouring proposed residential development.
For various reasons, Norfolk County Planning staff recommended approval of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment affecting the lands described as 811 Old Highway 24 in Waterford to permit the conversion of household waste to fuel.
Many local Waterford residents spoke out at the Public Meeting outlining concerns for safety and the environment.
Councillor Black and Councillor Oliver supported the motion for approval, however the remaining Norfolk County Council members voted to refuse the business expansion. The application is currently within the appeal period of the Planning Act requirements.