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Legislation halts a controversial Stafford-area facility

A bill that prohibits the construction of a controversial composting facility in the Stafford area was signed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on June 26.

The bill moved to the governor’s desk back on June 18 after receiving concurrence in the state Senate. It was passed by the House by a 37-16 vote on June 13. PARRISH

Senate Bill 462 sets new rules for planned composting facilities, requiring applicants to hold a conference and public hearing before they can submit any land use applications that involve selling products and require a permit from DEQ.

At the urging of Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and state Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, the bill was amended to prohibit the construction of any compost disposal site within 1,500 feet of a school.

The proposed S&H Landscape Supplies & Recycling facility, at 3036 SW Borland Road in the Stafford triangle, was slated to be constructed near Stafford Primary and Athey Creek Middle schools, and just 400 feet from Athey Creek’s soccer field.

The plan has been a source of controversy since a Clackamas County hearings officer approved the facility’s design application for the Borland Road site. In a series of public meetings since then, residents have expressed concerns about the facility having a negative effect on the community’s health, businesses and property values. Residents continally raised concerns about noise, dust, traffic and health impacts.

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