Land use — Riverbend Landfill owners Waste Management can move forward with expansion of facility

Stop the Dump Coalition’s appeal to stop the expansion of the Riverbend Landfill was dismissed May 22 by the Land Use Board of Appeals, citing procedural grounds.

The filing deadline for the petition for review was May 2, but Stop the Dump didn’t file until May 8, 13 days past the deadline and six days past the petition deadline.

“Petitioners explain that their May 9, 2014, record objection was untimely filed due to a staffing transition at petitioners’ law firm,” according to the board opinion.

The coalition has been fighting the landfill expansion and said in a press release they will continue to do so.

“The Stop the Dump Coalition strongly believes that the rezoning of the Riverbend Landfill to masquerade as farmland violates Oregon land use law,” said Isla Perse, coalition board president. “We will continue to fight expansion of the dump with every means available to us. We believe we have a strong case against the dump and ultimately we will prevail.”

Riverbend, operated by Waste Management, has applied to expand by 37 acres — 29 acres of landfill space and eight acres for green technology — but first needs to rezone the space as farmland before moving forward with the application process.

“The zone change in itself will not constitute approval for future landfill space or green technology,” Jackie Lang, spokeswoman for Waste Management and Riverbend, said in 2013. “A separate review processes will be required to move forward with the actual landfill and green technology. It will be a multiphase process, with numerous public involvement opportunities in the year ahead.”

The coalition can request judicial review of the decision, but otherwise the dismissal means Riverbend can move forward with the expansion, as the zone change was approved in February by the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners.

To view the board’s decision, visit

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