Pittsfield Township trustees have approved a zoning law designed to prohibit companies like Quasar Energy Group from installing a waste storage facility in the township.
Under the amendment approved this month, no pond, lagoon, impoundment area or storage vessel shall be constructed or used to store sewage, industrial waste or human waste, treated or untreated, in a residential, agricultural or business district. Human, animal or industrial waste generated on premise will be allowed under the township’s zoning laws.
Trustee Mark McConnell said the amendment was careful to consider home sanitation systems and the needs of farmers who use animal waste on their land.
The new law would not apply to sanitary units approved by the Lorain County Board of Health or other agencies with authority to approve unit installations. A conditional-use permit for such use may be issued in accordance with the township’s zoning laws.
McConnell said the township’s Zoning Board proposed the changes, which were sent to the Planning Commission for review. Township trustees made the final approval.
He said the additions followed public outcry after Quasar Energy Group constructed a storage lagoon, designed to hold treated human waste, on farmland off Quarry Road.
Quasar has since scrapped its plans, and the pond was never operational after a legal fight among the company, the township and nearby residents.
“(The amendment) was designed to prohibit independent storage units of municipalities or Quasar or any other entity,” McConnell said. “It was an attempt, even though we were well covered with our existing zoning laws. This was just fine-tuning our existing zoning laws.”