Leichner Landfill Master Plan Open House
Visit an open house to learn more about the master planning process for Leichner Landfill:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014,
To comment on the master planning project, email Leichner@clark.wa.gov
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Over the next several months, the county and a team of experts will study the entire 120-acre site and analyze potential reuses from the perspectives of market demand and their environmental effects. The master planning process will provide information to residents, businesses, and private developers and seek their feedback.
The master plan will not determine what specific uses will develop at the site. Instead, the plan will provide a conceptual design identifying where buildings and roads and other infrastructure might be located to support future development. Typically, such a plan assumes a site develops in phases over several years.
LEICHNER LANDFILL HISTORY
The cleanup included covering the 74-acre landfill with a layer of dirt, followed by a thick membrane liner and a second layer of dirt to keep precipitation out of the landfill. This process is called “capping” the landfill. The property owners also installed a system to control methane gases generated by decaying garbage and groundwater monitoring wells to track the amount and spread of any contamination. Since the mid-1990s, methane production and groundwater contamination have decreased significantly.
The 35-acre parcel at the south end of the landfill does not have the same level of regulatory constraints and offers the greatest opportunity for a range of future uses. This site was the source for much of the soil used to cap the landfill and does not have contamination or cleanup issues.
The master plan will explore a range of potential uses for this area, with emphasis on future development that will create jobs, as directed by the Board of Clark County Commissioners.
The master planning process will include studies analyzing land use, environmental, transportation and infrastructure needs to serve development. A fiscal analysis will assess the market demand for the types of businesses and uses that might locate at the site.