Why did candidate sites have to be so large? Will the facility take up this much space?
Site size was considered as part of the technical siting criteria. For a co-located facility, the minimum site size was 17 ha (42 acres) – although the actual footprint would be a portion of this, approximately 4.5 ha (11 acres). The difference between the two provides what is known as a buffer – the distance between the facility and surrounding land uses. It is common practice when siting this type of facility to provide a buffer area. It is used in combination with good design and operational practices to mitigate potential impacts such as odour and noise. Generally, the greater the distance to sensitive receptors, the greater potential to reduce conflicts between the site and neighbours.
Minimum property size, including buffer distances, was recommended by the County’s consultant, utilizing their expertise and applying best practices. This was exclusionary criteria and did not change during the evaluation or with surrounding land use.