Waste board calls special meeting to discuss proposed Bellevue landfill

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11:04am

Metro's Solid Waste Region Board will hold a special called meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Howard Office Building to reconsider a proposed landfill in Bellevue.

Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner penned a letter to the SWRB last Friday, asking that they revisit their support of the project due to misrepresentations from the developers.

The official notice says the SWRB will consider possibly rescinding or amending their decision to approve the landfill “due to possible discrepancies with elements of the proposal as previously presented.”

The landfill was up for approval at a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting last week that drew hundreds in opposition.

The BZA decided to defer a decision until July 19 pending input from Public Works and a traffic study. 

Attorney Jamie Hollin, who represents the opposition, claimed that the landfill developers misled Public Works and the SWRB about their intentions for a recycling center that was to be donated to Metro. According to Hollin, developers said the recycling facility would be a much-needed “convenience center,” but zoning only allows for a “drop-off facility.”

Hollin referred to the misrepresentation as a “Trojan horse.”

Public Works is expected to release a statement Tuesday afternoon about the situation.

The proposed 81-acre landfill would be at 7739 Charlotte Pike, near the Thousand Oaks Estates neighborhood.