Site Selection Principles
The following Site Selection Criteria were developed by the Community Reference Group (CRG) and officer group before being adopted for public comment by the RRC. These site selection criteria will be used to develop more detailed site requirements. The more detailed requirements under consideration can be seen here.
Site Selection Criteria
1. Separation or Buffer Distances
The site selected and the transport routes associated with it should be sufficiently separated from sensitive land uses to ensure that any facility will not, under normal operating conditions impact adversely on either environmental values or amenity of surrounding lands.
2. Site Suitability
The site's characteristics, including topography, geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, flora and fauna, ethnographic and heritage values should minimise the risk of adverse impacts occurring
3. Proximity to Waste Source
Any facility should be sited in a manner that minimises any adverse economic and environmental impacts arising from transport of wastes or products.
The site selected should either be zoned appropriately under the relevant planning schemes or be capable of being rezoned to comply with the scheme.
5. Protection and Enhancement of Conservation Values
Council will act through the siting, design and operational phases of the project in a manner that results in a nett positive environmental benefit for the conservation values of the area around a facility