Council OK’s wood waste removal application

Township council supported one of three soil deposit applications on Monday.

Staff will make a presentation on the other two.

The one which received council’s nod pertains to an application from Pacific West Perennial Growers Ltd./A & J Lee to remove 50,000 cubic metres of wood waste from land at 25394 88 Ave., and replace it with the same volume of fill.

The applicant wants to turn the property into usable agricultural land.

The request requires the approval of the Agricultural Land Commission.

The wood waste consists of hog fuel which, Councillor Charlie Fox noted, “is incredibly toxic.”

Information given to council shows that several test holes revealed that the hog fuel is at least 12 metres deep. A report to council stated that the fill replacing the cedar wood waste would maintain the existing elevation.

The two other soil deposit applications also involve North Langley properties. One, at 8645 256 St., is to deposit 41,000 cubic metres of soil to provide winter pasture for cattle.

A staff report on the third application, at 25476 and 25528 73 Ave., does not specify the volume of fill. The applicants, Bezalel and Caravetta, want to turn the land into pasture.

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