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County Begins Compliance Action at Compost Operation

Rocky View County is proceeding with enforcement compliance measures against a composting operation that has failed to meet required deadlines and conditions for a development permit application.

At a public hearing on December 11, 2018, County Council voted to approve a land use change for the operation, located about six kilometers northeast of Airdrie. That vote allowed the business to be in compliance with County bylaws from a land use perspective, but also allowed Council to put conditions on the operation before a Development Permit would be issued.

The County clearly outlined the steps required for a Development Permit, and provided a January 31, 2019 deadline for the application and the submission of technical documents. This deadline was about five weeks longer than normal, but it was still not met.

The compost facility continues to operate without an approved Development Permit, so on March 1 the County will begin fining the landowner $1,500 per day. The fine will be applied until the Development Permit application requirements are met or until the business ceases operations. If compliance with the Development Permit process continues to be an issue, the County can issue a Stop Work order to cease the facility’s operations. This may happen as early as next week.

If a Development Permit application is submitted, it will go before Council for consideration to ensure all of the County’s requirements are being met before approval is granted. Those requirements include an Air Quality and Odour Assessment and an Air Quality Management System for the composting operation, which has been the subject of numerous odour complaints from County and Airdrie residents.

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