Nova Scotia

Waste management company can't expand Halifax quarry

One of Nova Scotia's biggest construction companies has lost its bid to convert an old Halifax quarry into a depot for a fleet of garbage trucks.

One of Nova Scotia's biggest construction companies has lost its expansion bid to convert an old Halifax quarry into a depot for a fleet of garbage trucks.

In a decision released Wednesday, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review board rejected an appeal by Royal Environmental Group to use the abandoned Kearney Lake Road quarry as a vehicle depot.

Royal, part of the same conglomerate that includes Dexter Construction, had been denied permission by the Halifax Regional Municipality.

In upholding the city's decision to deny the permit, UARB member Wayne Cochrane said a garbage truck depot and the corresponding increase in traffic in the area would have "serious adverse neighborhood affects."

He noted that trucks were coming and going from the site as early as 5 a.m. until after 6 p.m. every day.

Cochrane also rejected the company's claim that converting the Kearney Lake Road quarry into a depot was a legal "non-conforming use of the property."

"It is the board's opinion that a garbage truck depot has nothing whatsoever to do with road construction, which was the last of the pre-existing legal non-conforming uses being carried on the subject property," Cochrane wrote in the decision.

 In January, Halifax development officer Andrew Faulkner ruled the proposal to use the site for fleet parking, dispatch and storage was not permitted given the area's residential zoning.

Halifax Regional Municipality spokeswoman Shaune Mckinley sounded a note of caution.

She said the board ruling only covers HRM's denial of a development permit to expand the depot.The board said it had no jurisdiction to order the Royal Environmental Group to stop using the site as a garbage truck depot.

It said a decision to stop the current use of the facility would have to come from the Supreme Court.

Royal Environmental had no comment Wednesday.

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