Chesapeake Board of Zoning Appeals votes to halt landfill expansion

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The Chesapeake Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted at a public hearing Thursday night to uphold the city’s June decision to halt the expansion of an industrial landfill.

Over 20 residents, many from the Dominion Lakes neighborhood, attended the meeting. The subdivision is located just feet from the landfill property near Bainbridge and Dominion Boulevards off U.S. 17.

More than 500 neighbors signed a petition against the nine acre landfill expansion. They cited noise, odor, property values and groundwater contamination as their main concerns.

“What I’m hoping from the board members is that we put human life over a dollar, over monetary gains,” said one resident.

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In a June letter obtained by 10 On Your Side, the city told the owners of the construction and demolition landfill they couldn’t expand. However, the company filed an appeal. That’s when notices were sent to neighbors about Thursday’s public hearing.

Councilors representing the landfill owners, Higgerson Buchanan, argued unsuccessfully that a 1986 permit granted them access to the additional acreage.

Higgerson Buchanan also argued that the landfill, which accepts demolition debris, wouldn’t have the same effects as a traditional municipal waste facility.

The company has 30 days to appeal the board’s decision in Chesapeake Circuit Court.