BACKGROUND: Q&A about the Carp landfill expansion site plan

Here’s a Q&A about the landfill posted recently to West Carleton Councillor Eli El-Chantiri’s web site.  (The original PDF document is here.)




  •  An Environmental Assessment for the proposed expansion of the West Carleton Environmental Centre (Carp landfill) was approved by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on September 6, 2013.
  •  Waste Management Inc. has submitted an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) application to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Comments on the ECA application have been received and final approval of the ECA is pending from the Ministry.
  •  A Zoning By-law Amendment was approved by the City on July 9, 2014, effectively permitting the expansion of the landfill from a zoning perspective. The approval rezoned the lands to Rural Heavy Industrial Zone, with a Holding Provision that can be lifted upon the granting of Site Plan Control approval.


Key Messages 

  •  Waste Management Inc. submitted a Site Plan Control application for the proposed expansion of the West Carleton Environmental Centre (Carp landfill) on May 4, 2015.
  •  A public meeting was held on June 15, 2015, in the Village of Carp to discuss the Site Plan Control application and next steps
  •  Planning and Growth Management staff have reviewed the site plan’s building layout and configuration, landscaping, tree removal and compensation, wetland removal and compensation, transportation improvements on Carp Road, and engineering (including geotechnical, site servicing, grading and stormwater management).
  •  The Site Plan Control was approved, with 38 conditions, on October 28, 2015.
  •  On November 5, 2015, the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will hear the Staff Information Report which explains why the Holding Provision will be removed. On November 12, 2015, City Council is anticipated to enact the necessary by-law.
  •  Waste Management must fulfill the 38 conditions before entering into the Site Plan Agreement. The Site Plan Agreement must be registered prior to construction/development of the site, but the exact timing of construction is ultimately a business decision on the part of Waste Management Inc.
  •  The City will continue to work with Waste Management Inc. as they fulfill their site plan conditions.
  •  The exact timing of construction is a business decision on the part of waste Management Inc.

Q and A – West Carleton Environmental Centre Carp Landfill Site Plan 

Q: What role does the City play in managing private landfill sites like Carp?

A: None. The City has a legislated mandate to provide waste collection and diversion (recycling) programs for the residential sector only.

The Province of Ontario maintains responsibility for overall waste management, including privately owned and operated landfills, like the Carp Road Landfill and waste diversion for the industrial, commercial and institutional sector.

Q. What are the specific conditions of the Site Plan approval? 

A. There are 38 conditions of Site Plan Approval and include; duplicate conditions under Waste Management’s ECA for monitoring; requirement of posting securities; requirement to pay Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland fees; requirement to enter into the Host Agreement; requirements to implement the approved Environmental Impact Statement; requirement to convey road widening; requirement to secure for and complete road works and others.

Q. What is the Host Agreement? 

A. The Host Agreement is a stand-alone legal agreement between the City and Waste Management of Canada Corp. addressing the service area, host community rate fee, public liaison committee, monitoring, and property value protection plan.

Q. What measures are in place to ensure the Host Agreement is followed through? 

A. The Host Agreement is a condition of both Site Plan Approval and Waste Management’s ECA for the subject site.

Q. When can the City issue a Commence Work Notification to Waste Management? 

A. A commence work notification can be issued once the Site Plan Agreement is registered, which requires the 38 conditions of site plan approval to be fulfilled (such as the Host Agreement to be entered into, securities to be posted, Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland to be paid etc) and any outstanding Provincial approvals to be issued/granted.

Q. Why is the City lifting the holding provision on this site. 

A. All matters under the City’s authority under the Planning Act with respect to the site plan control have been agreed to between the two parties (Waste Management and the City of Ottawa), thus fulfilling the requirement to remove the holding provision.

Q. What is the distance that noise is expected to travel from the site. 

A. The Noise Best Management Practices Plan prepared for the Environmental Assessment (EA) process identifies a range of sources of noise, as well as measures to address this, such as:

  •  Limiting the time of construction, land-filling, waste transfer, waste receipt, and pest control activities to daytime hours.
  •  Restricting the entrance location of haul trucks.
  •  Minimizing construction areas.
  •  Locating extracted materials and cover soil stockpiles in the vicinity of construction areas to minimize noise from material transport.
  •  Ensuring that material recycling operations occur indoors
  •  Scheduling activities to be spaced out throughout the day to prevent high periods of sound levels over short durations
  •  Prohibiting heavy equipment in the transfer area
  •  Limiting the permitted idling time of vehicles to 3 minutes
  •  Designing vehicle movements to reduce the use of reverse ‘beeper’ alarms, where practical, while accounting for safety considerations.

Q. How will anticipated odors from this new site be addressed. 

A. The City will be addressing odour concerns through monitoring conditions in the Site Plan that replicate the conditions imposed by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Control. Further, a special condition of the Site Plan Approval report will require monitoring information/reports to be sent to the City and Public Liaison Committee.

Q. What landscaping will be required to help shield the site from view? 

  • The approved landscape plan calls for visual screening in the Carp Road corridor, Richardson Side Road and William Mooney Road.
  • In the Carp Road Corridor, 338 trees and 245 shrubs are to be planted.
  • To the north on Richardson Side Road, 377 trees and 136 shrubs are to be planted as well as a 1.0 metre earth berm.
  • And to the west on William Mooney Road, 533 trees and 180 shrubs are to be planted as well as a 1.5 to 2.0 metre high earth berm.
  • The trees will be a minimum height of 1.2 metres for coniferous trees and 2.5 metres for deciduous trees.
  • A special condition of the site plan will require all planting, for the intention of screening, to be planted prior to the commencement of construction and operation of the expanded landfill. This condition is intended to ensure that trees survive through their warranty period and begin growth in advance of site operations.

Q. What will be done to mitigate traffic concerns on Carp Road at the new site? 

A. Road modifications will be made to allow vehicles to safely access the proposed Waste Management site.

  • The landfill expansion will require the relocation of the existing access.
  • Northbound trucks will use the proposed left-turn lane access into the landfill and southbound trucks will use the proposed right-turn lane access.
  • A left turn lane in the southbound direction is also being proposed on Carp Road to facilitate turns into the existing access.

The specific modifications to Carp Road being proposed are as follows:

  •  A new site access on the west side of Carp Road
  •  Southbound and northbound left-turn lanes on Carp Road at the new and existing site accesses.
  •  Southbound right-turn lane on Carp Road at the new site access.
  •  Closure of the existing access to the Waste Management facility
  •  Southbound truck climbing lane on Carp Road

Q. What is the proposed size of the new landfill site. 

A. The new facility will be designed to provide up to 6.5 million cubic metres of disposal capacity and will reach a maximum height of approximately 33 metres. The total area of the new landfill footprint is 37.8 hectares.

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