Waste Management and Remediation

Waste management and remediation are important activities that will expand as the Region grows to a population of 1 million. Siting waste management and remediation industries can be challenging, however, given the potential nuisances and environmental impacts. Regional coordination n and planning for waste management will ensure these industries are sited to minimize impacts and land use conflicts, while providing the services necessary to support growth.

Objectives

20-1         Accommodate appropriately located waste management and remediation industries to minimize community and environmental impacts

20-2         Provide for and regulate waste management and remediation industries by purpose and scale

20-3         Support innovative and safe waste management and remediation alternatives that meet regulations

Policies

20.01       Differentiating between Waste Management and Remediation Industries. The regulation of waste management and remediation industries will be differentiated by:

a.   the permanency of the management activity;

b.   the scale of the management activity;

c.   the source and type of waste being managed; and

d.   the potential offsite impact of the management activity on municipal services and adjacent land uses.

20.02       Regional Waste Management and Remediation Facilities. Regional waste management and remediation facilities, including municipal wastewater facilities, shall locate in areas identified as “Regional Infrastructure” on the Regional Land Use Map.

20.03       Coordination of Waste Management. Where possible, municipalities shall consider intermunicipal coordination of their waste management industries and the development of new regional facilities to accommodate protection of the environment and requirements for growth.

20.04       Comprehensive Development Review or Concept Plan Required. A Comprehensive Development Review shall be required prior to rezoning or subdividing land in the RM for waste management and remediation industries, except in cases where a Concept Plan would be required under Section 30.

20.05       Criteria for Waste Management and Remediation Industries. In reviewing applications for waste management and remediation industries, the following matters should be considered by the municipality:

a.   the effect on adjacent land uses due to conflicts with noise, vibration, smoke, dust, odour, or potential environmental contamination;

b.   minimizing the effect of the use on infrastructure and services, including but not limited to municipal roads;

c.   the manner in which the facility is to be operated;

d.   a needs assessment for the activity proposed;

e.   potential impacts to surface water, groundwater, drainage patterns, slope stability, wildlife habitat, heritage resources and rare or endangered species;

f.    the environmental implications of the operation including storage of fuel tanks or chemicals, and/or measures for the release of contaminants;

g.   plans for reclamation of the land for an approved end use; and

h.   in future urban growth areas, the adjacent urban municipality confirms the proposal is compatible with the location and timing of urban development.

20.06       Development Adjacent to Urban Municipalities. Waste management and remediation industries shall not be permitted adjacent to the boundary of an urban municipality or within a future urban growth area unless the RM and adjacent urban municipality agree that the proposal:

a.   is compatible with adjacent land uses; and

b.   will not place pressure on the urban municipality to develop, expand, or upgrade services and infrastructure without an approved Concept Plan and agreement for servicing and infrastructure costs between the urban municipality and the RM.

20.07       Clean Fill Operations in Future Urban Areas. Clean fill operations in a future urban growth area shall be compatible with the location and timing of future urban development.

20.08       Separation Distances from Residential Uses. The following waste management industries shall not be located within the associated listed distances from any urban residential development, country residential subdivision, vacant agricultural residential subdivision, or agricultural residential development:

a.   Liquid waste management industry, as per provincial regulations;

b.   Solid waste management and remediation industry, as per provincial regulations;

c.   Construction and demolition materials industry: 305 m (1000 ft);

d.   Type II clean fill operation: 305 m (1000 ft);

e.   Land farm: 305 m (1000 ft); and

f.    Snow management facilities: 457 m (1500 ft).

Separation distances shall be measured in accordance with Policy 7.05.

20.09       Separation Distances from Recreational Uses and Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The following waste management industries shall not be located within the associated listed distances from any recreational use or Wanuskewin Heritage Park:

a.   Liquid waste management industry as per provincial regulations for urban residential uses;

b.   Solid waste management and remediation industry as per provincial regulations for urban residential uses;

c.   Construction and demolition materials industry: 305 m (1000 ft);

d.   Type II clean fill operation: 305 m (1000 ft);

e.   Land farm: 305 m (1000 ft); and

f.    Snow management facilities: 457 m (1500 ft).

Separation distances shall be measured in accordance with Policy 7.05.

20.10       Separation Distances for Residential Uses. No urban residential development, country residential subdivision, vacant agricultural residential subdivision, or agricultural residential development shall be located within the separation distances indicated in Policy 20.08. Separation distances shall be measured according to Policy 7.05.

20.11       Separation Distances for Recreational Uses. No recreational development shall be located within the separation distances indicated in Policy 20.09. Separation distances shall be measured according to Policy 7.05.

20.12       Contract Zoning Required. In considering proposals to rezone property to accommodate regional waste management and remediation industries, the municipality shall require the rezoning to be undertaken according with the provisions of Section 69 of The Planning and Development Act, 2007.

20.13       Geotechnical Engineering Required. Waste management and remediation industries involving land filling or excavation shall be designed and engineered by a geotechnical engineer who is licensed to practice in the Province of Saskatchewan.

20.14       Servicing Agreements Required. Subdivisions for waste management and remediation industries shall enter into servicing agreements when deemed necessary by the municipality to provide services that directly or indirectly serve the subdivision.

20.15       Local Waste Management Industries as Discretionary Uses. Local waste management industries involving land filling or excavation shall be considered at the discretion of the municipality.