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CAPCOG reviews waste facility expansion and proposed sites

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Capital Area Council of Governments is in the process of reviewing proposed a municipal solid waste facility application submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

CAPCOG is one of 24 regional planning commissions provided the opportunity by Texas statute to review a municipal solid waste facility when such a site either plans an expansion or is being proposed. CAPCOG reviews plans for the facility for conformance with regional and local solid waste management plans.

To ensure a facility's application is reviewed properly, CAPCOG developed Conformance Review Process Guidance and a Checklist to provide direction on reviews conducted within the region. The process focuses on ensuring the following objectives:

The use of a site for a facility does not adversely impact human health or the environment by evaluating and determining impacts of the site upon counties, cities, communities, groups of property owners, or individuals in terms of compatibility of land use, zoning in the vicinity, community growth patterns, and other factors associated with the public interest.

  • The use of a site for a facility does not adversely impact human health or the environment by evaluating and determining impacts of the site upon counties, cities, communities, groups of property owners, or individuals in terms of compatibility of land use, zoning in the vicinity, community growth patterns, and other factors associated with the public interest. 
  • Facilities comply with local zoning requirements, ordinances, and other local government land use regulations.
  • Facilities’ impacts on roads, drainage ways, and other infrastructure are assessed for existing and planned future land uses. 
  • Facilities are good neighbors, by assessing and considering every applicant’s five-year compliance history in Texas to the fullest extent allowed by TCEQ.
  • Encourage programs that provide incentives for using landfills instead of illegal dumping.
  • Avoid, or minimize if avoidance is not possible, concerns about visual and aesthetic impacts from facilities on adjacent land uses.
  • Address local land use concerns about the long term and cumulative effects off facilities and protect the public interest in a natural landscape.
  • Avoid, or minimize if avoidance is not possible, nuisance conditions associated with facilities that generate community concerns.

TCEQ’s permitting process is done independently, and while CAPCOG is required to review the application, it can abstain from making recommendations about the applications to the state agency.

CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee and then the Executive Committee vote to recognize the project in conformance, deem it as nonconforming, or waive taking a position.

> Read more about CAPCOG’s Conformance Review process.
> See the Conformance Review Checklist.
> Discover the CAPCOG Solid Waste Program.

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