Recycling station proposal coming up for Cattermole Lands

A rezoning Dec. 3 at city hall will consider a proposal for a new waste recycling and transfer station on Cannor Road in Chilliwack

A property on Cannor Road might one day house a facility to deal with materials such as low-level PCB-containing oil, and mercury-filled lamps.

A rezoning hearing is set for Dec. 3 at Chilliwack city hall to consider a proposal to facilitate the construction of a new waste recycling and transfer station.

The application is to rezone a 1.78 ha portion of the 9.1 ha property on what is known as the Cattermole Lands on Cannor Road, near Highway 1.

The property is currently zoned heavy industrial, which would not permit the waste recycling use so a rezoning is required, with a special industrial zone, M6, proposed, according to the staff report.

That is considered the “most appropriate zone,” for the facility, it said, since the zone specifically permits some uses “with the potential to be incompatible” with surrounding land uses.

Examples of materials not permitted in the proposed M6 zone would be pathological, radioactive or electrical waste. But they might be involved in the transfer of toxic waste in drums.

All activities would have to be conducted indoors and the applicant would have to enter into a Good Neighbour Agreement with a protocol for dealing with complaints.

There are no residential or commercial properties nearby, but there are others involved in heavy industrial activity.

The last time the property was rezoned was in preparation for the controversial rendering plant and bio-diesel plant, which never materialized, due to economic factors. It was also moved out of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

“The M6 Zone is unique from the other zones in that the Zoning Bylaw requires, prior to the issuance of a building permit, the land owner to register a restrictive covenant that specifies the property to be used only for the proposed ‘Special Industry’ use,” according to the report.

The proposed rezoning will only affect the 1.78 ha portion of the property and the applicant’s intention is to subdivide this portion from the remaining 7.32 ha portion if the proposed rezoning is approved.

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