Atlantic Waste Services, the Pooler-based company that has proposed a landfill in North Bryan County, has officially withdrawn its development of regional impact request from the Coastal Regional Commission, according to vice president Ben Wall.
The solid waste management company withdrew its DRI application last week, Wall said, and the next step is moving forward with the proposed text amendments to county ordinances.
“The reason we withdrew was to go ahead and let the county (move forward),” Wall said. “And if the county so chooses to accept the text amendments we proposed, that would be going ahead and addressing some of the issues (in the DRI) and it lets us go ahead with the (DRI approval) process.”
The withdrawal came shortly after the CRC tabled the DRI findings for the landfill at its Sept. 7 meeting after several board members said Bryan County Board of Commissioners should decide whether to approve the text amendments first.
Because the DRI has been withdrawn, County Administrator Phil Jones said Atlantic Waste Services can submit an application for the text amendment. He noted the company has submitted an application for that change.
Jones said the text amendment request must now go before the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission and be advertised 15 days before it will go to the county commissioners for a public hearing and two readings of the proposed changes.
Jones said commissioners could only vote on the text changes after a second reading, which could be as early as November.
Wall said if the text amendments are approved by the county, then Atlantic Waste Services would move forward by obtaining a completely different DRI. If the text amendments are not approved, he said, the project is dead.
The proposed text changes would be to allow a landfill to be built off of a county road instead of a state or federal highway only. The request would also change the separation distance of a landfill from a residence or residential well from 1,000 to 500 feet.