Advanced Disposal has reached out to Forsyth County in the first step toward requesting a horizontal expansion of a landfill.
The company, which owns Eagle Point Landfill in northwest Forsyth, reached a settlement with the county in January regarding a dispute over host fees.
According to that agreement, County Attorney Ken Jarrard said the county committed its support to future expansions of the landfill.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division ultimately will be the deciding authority on issuing a permit for expansion, but the county has been asked to provide three letters of approval to the agency.
The letters would confirm that the expansion fits within the county’s solid waste management plan, recycling management plan and the county’s zoning codes.
The first two are ready for signing, but the third hasn’t been finalized, Jarrard told commissioners during a Tuesday work session.
Due to the history of the property, the landfill is allowed through non-conforming use, or an exception, in an agricultural zoning, he said.
The county’s unified development code allows non-conforming uses to be grandfathered in, Jarrard said, “but no action shall be taken to increase the extent of its non-conformity.”
“That’s a little bit of difficult language to necessarily apply to a landfill,” he said.
Jarrard said he wanted to check the legality of a possible expansion against what’s in the unified development code.
“Before I come back and bring you a recommendation to sign a letter saying it’s perfectly consistent with the UDC, I want to make sure that section of the UDC is not bended.”
Jarrard said the permit could take about a year to gain approval, at which point Advanced Disposal officials have indicated they would pay the county 10 cents per cubic yard of the expansion.
That could total between an estimated $1 million and $1.5 million, he said, adding that the money could be paid upon approval of a permit.
Representatives of Advanced Disposal did not indicate to the county why they might seek an expansion permit at this time.