Controversial permit to build Palmer monofill withdrawn by applicant

CMS letter withdrawing application to build Palmer monofill
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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) An application for a long-embattled landfill planned for development near a Palmer neighborhood was withdrawn on Friday.

The business behind the project, Central Monofill Services (CMS), rescinded its application for a conditional use permit to build a single-purpose landfill that would accept construction-materials waste, known as a monofill.

CMS has been seeking approval from the Mat Su Borough to build the monofill off mile 38 of the Glenn Highway for years, but the project has received strong pushback from area residents. Those protesting the project cited concerns about the monofill’s potential to become a neighborhood eyesore and a health hazard.

Officials with CMS said those claims were unfounded.

In 2013 and 2014, two separate applications from CMS to build a monofill were denied by the Mat Su Borough Planning Commission.

CMS ultimately fought the planning commission's 2014 decision to the Alaska Superior Court. In July of 2016, the court decided there was a conflict of interest on the planning commission and remanded the decision back to the borough on conditions of a re-vote.

On Dec. 5, dozens of Palmer residents protested the planning commission meeting discussing the application's fate. Public testimony on the monofill was taken until past midnight, as residents lined up to speak out against the development.

In a letter to the borough dated Dec. 16, CMS withdrew their application for the monofill.

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