Planning commissioners to tour landfill prior to public debate

A dozer pushes exposed trash at Chiquita Canyon Landfill. Dan Watson/ The Signal

Regional planning commissioners poised to double the size of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill are expected to tour site Wednesday afternoon, just prior to a public hearing to discuss the proposed change.

Members of the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission are scheduled to take part in a “field trip” of the site between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join them on the tour but participants must be at the landfill office at 2 p.m. and be prepared to sign a release form.

All landfill visitors are expected to report to the site’s administrative office, on 29201 Henry Mayo Drive, off of Highway 126.

A public hearing is to follow the tour, beginning at 6 p.m. at Rancho Pico Junior High School, 26250 Valencia Boulevard, Stevenson Ranch.

At the hearing, commissioners are expected to authorize the continued operation and expansion of a Class 3 landfill.

What’s to be approved is the expansion of the existing landfill’s “waste footprint” from 257 acres to 400 acres – almost double.

The applicants – Chiquita Canyon Landfill LLC – who applied for what is essentially a zoning permit also want to increase its maximum elevation from 1,430 feet to 1,573 feet and increase its daily disposal limits from 6,000 tons of waste a day to 12,000 tons a day – again, double.

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