Updated Tentative Transfer Station Schedule on January 19, 2017
What is a transfer station?
A transfer station provides an alternate means for disposing of waste, as opposed to burying waste in a landfill. It is a building in which waste from multiple trash trucks is combined and placed in larger haul trucks for transport to a landfill. Transfer stations typically have a concrete floor on which waste is temporarily placed until it can be transported via haul truck to a landfill. All waste must be removed and transported from the transfer station to a landfill by the end of daily operations. All doors to the building are closed and secured overnight.
Why is the City proposing a transfer station at the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill)?
The City’s current landfill operation has provided a local option to trash haulers who may not be associated with a regional landfill. This has allowed shorter hauling distances and lower operating costs for these trash haulers. These lower costs can be shared with our residents and businesses. In addition, our local residents may choose to discard items in the landfill. With the landfill nearing its permitted capacity, the City Council decided the community would benefit from a transfer station that would offer the same convenience to our local trash haulers and customers.
On Jan. 14, 2016, the City Council approved a contract with Heartland Environmental Services (HES) to privatize the City’s solid waste services effective March 1, 2016. As part of the contract, the City agreed to sell its landfill equipment to HES and then use the proceeds to permit, design and construct a 500 tons per-day transfer station to be utilized by HES after the City’s landfill reaches its permitted capacity in late 2017 or early 2018.
When can I learn more about the proposed transfer station?
Questions about the proposed transfer station can be directed to the City's Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 969-1800.
(The City of Lee’s Summit hosted an open house regarding the proposed transfer station in June 2016. The purpose of the open house was to provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the proposed transfer station and ask questions prior to the start of the development process. At the open house, there were various stations set up to address different aspects of the transfer station, including aesthetics, environmental considerations, building design, operation, and more. There was not a formal presentation.)
Does a transfer station at the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill) have to meet the requirements of the City’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)?
Yes; a development project initiated by the City goes through the same development process that any other private developer would have to go through for their development. Fire Stations, Parks & Recreation projects, and Public Works projects are examples of City development projects that go through the development process and are subject to the requirements of the UDO and other related development regulations. The transfer station is subject to these same requirements, and will go through the development process at the appropriate time. More information about the City’s development process can be found in the City’s Development Handbook.
What are the requirements of the City’s UDO for transfer station approval?
A development project is initiated by the filing of an application with the City’s Development Center. An application for the transfer station has not yet been filed by the City. A pre-application meeting was held Dec. 23, 2015, to determine the type(s) of applications that will need to be filed. Based upon some preliminary engineering, a second pre-application meeting was held on April 18, 2016. It was after the second pre-application meeting that it was determined a Special Use Permit (SUP) and Final Development Plan (FDP) will be required. More information about SUPs and FDPs can be found in the City’s Development Handbook.
What public hearings are required for a transfer station at the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill)?
Public hearings by the City’s Planning Commission and the City Council are required for the SUP application, and will be held in the coming months after the application has been submitted to the City’s Development Center, and then reviewed and commented on by the City’s development staff. Click here for the “Tentative Transfer Station Schedule” (updated as of January 19, 2017). More information about public hearings for SUPs can be found in the City’s Development Handbook.
It was originally reported that both a Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) and a Special Use Permit (SUP) would be required for the transfer station. Why is the City not required to complete a PDP?
A PDP is typically required as part of the development process; however, it has been determined a PDP is not required for the proposed transfer station.
1. The City’s property where the proposed transfer station will be located is zoned Planned Industrial (PI).
2. PI zoning allows for a solid waste transfer station but only as a special use; therefore, a Special Use Permit (SUP) is required.
3. UDO Article 4.300.B.2 states a preliminary development plan is not required for the following situations: "the development of any property in the CS and PI districts provided no modifications of this Chapter are requested;"
4. UDO Article 10.030.B. states: "A preliminary development plan accompanied by the number of copies required by the Director, containing all information set forth in Article 4, except when the SUP is for use of an existing building or property and where no substantial changes are proposed per Article 4.” The solid waste transfer station is being proposed at the site of City’s landfill, which also has a SUP, and is not seeking any modifications. Therefore, a SUP is the only requirement.
When will there be a public hearing regarding a transfer station at the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill)?
A public hearing will be required when the project SUP application is presented to the City’s Planning Commission and the City Council, now tentatively set for early 2017. Click here for the “Key Milestones, Lee’s Summit Transfer Station public process” and click here for the “Tentative Transfer Station Schedule.” (updated as of January 19, 2017)
What other permits are required for a transfer station at the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill)?
A Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Permit Application for Transfer Station Construction will be submitted to the MDNR after the project is approved through the City’s development process. Land disturbance permits may also be required. An MDNR Operating Permit and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Transfer Station Permit are required after construction and prior to opening the transfer station.Click here for the “Key Milestones, Lee’s Summit Transfer Station public process” and click here for the “Tentative Transfer Station Schedule.” (updated as of January 19, 2017)
What other locations for a transfer station is the City considering?
The City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill) already has the required facilities, infrastructure and available space necessary for the operation of a transfer station, including the scalehouse, scales, public disposal area (PDA), and yard waste facility which will all continue to be required by the landfill and will be necessary for the operation of a transfer station. Therefore, the City is not considering any other locations.
Will the City or a private corporation own the transfer station at the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill)? What is the name of the company?
The City will own the facility and it will be operated by Heartland Environmental Services dba Summit Waste Systems.
What makes this location (City’s Resource Recovery Park) ideal for a transfer station? Why next to a neighborhood? Why also put it behind Sunset View Elementary school?
As mentioned above, the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill) already has the required facilities, infrastructure and available space necessary for the operation of a transfer station.
Plans for the City’s landfill began in the late 1970’s with Lee’s Summit voter approval of general obligation bonds. Prior to construction of the landfill in 1981, the City selected a suitable location in an undeveloped area (the current site of the City’s Resource Recovery Park). Throughout the years, residential, commercial and industrial properties have developed near the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill). The property on which the City’s Resource Recovery Park (landfill) is currently located is zoned Planned Industrial, and a landfill is an allowable use for this zoning district. A transfer station can also be an allowable use for this zoning with an approved SUP. See zoning map below.
Click here to view the original Transfer Station FAQs posted on March 11, 2016.