FARMERS BRANCH ~ The effort to expand the Farmers Branch-owned Camelot Landfill in Lewisville took a couple of major steps forward this month with the finalizing of negotiated agreements with the Cities of Lewisville and Carrollton.
Fulfillment of the accords will resolve both cities' concerns regarding the planned expansion and will clear the way for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to consider final approval of the Farmers Branch expansion request.
Originally permitted in then-unicorporated Denton County in 1979, the Camelot Landfill was annexed into the City of Lewisville in 1987. Since operations began, Camelot has accepted solid waste from Farmers Branch as well as other municipalities in the area and commercial waste from contractors.
The request to amend the permit for expansion of the landfill was originally filed in 2011. Farmers Branch leaders were seeking permission to extend the life of the landfill by adding a maximum of 202 feet to the current vertical limit of 523 feet above sea level.
"This landfill expansion is good for north Texas," said Farmers Branch City Manager Gary D. Greer. "Within the next 10 years, Camelot will be the only landfill within short driving distance of a dozen or more north Texas cities. Our three communities have come together to keep solid waste costs down for all of our taxpayers, protect the environment and provide a viable regional landfill for the next 30 to 40 years."
Under these agreements, Farmers Branch will limit the expansion to a maximum height of 675 feet above sea level on the northern and western areas of the landfill and 623 feet on the eastern and southern portions. Farmers Branch will also install additional groundwater monitoring wells on the perimeter of the landfill.
An approved expansion permit application means Farmers Branch residents will be assured of uninterrupted landfill services, Green Grabber large item and bulky collection and collection services for at least the next three decades.
"We have always had the greatest respect and admiration for our friends in Lewisville and Carrollton," Mr. Greer explained. "Farmers Branch may own the landfill but we've always endeavored to be a good neighbor. The positive outcome of these negotiated agreements affirms our collective commitment to the greater good."
In addition to the other provisions of the agreements, Farmers Branch will donate to Lewisville right-of-way on landfill property that is needed for construction of Corporate Drive. Farmers Branch will also apply for Specific Use Permit zoning with Lewisville and file a deed restriction with Denton County that will incorporate the agreed upon limits for expansion of the landfill.
Finally, the Camelot Landfill will pay host fees and other payments to Lewisville, similar to those required of the other two landfills in that City.
As a result of the agreements that have been reached, both Carrollton and Lewisville have agreed to withdraw their opposition to the Camelot expansion plan.
The revised expansion request will be submitted to TCEQ for review and completion of the permitting process.