BELFAST- The planning board met for the 11th time to review Nordic Aquafarms’ permit application for a land-based salmon farm.
The application is more than two-thousand pages.
‘What the planning board has decided to do is divide the application into different components,” explained Wayne Marshall, the city’s director of code and planning.
At each meeting, they’ve been going over different pieces of the application.
By the end of the process, they’ll be deciding on 4 different permits.
“The air emission study was discussed in October. Since then DEP has asked for clarification,” said Edward Cotter, a senior vice president with Nordic Aquafarms. “We’ve been working on them to improve our design and finding some ways of reducing emission.”
The Department of Environmental protection asked that the company have chimney stacks at least one and a half times the height of the nearest buildings.
With that, they would be nearly seventy feet.
“The advantages for emissions outweigh an small impact on the visual side,” Cotter added.
Those considered parties of interest also had a chance to speak at Wednesday’s meeting.
One said the changes in the application have been unfair.
“Ideally you should have a completed, fully understandable, application on all points, including air quality, to decide what you’re going to do,” said Sid Block, a Northport resident. “Instead, what you’ve been faced with, is a moving target.”
The next meeting in the process will be on January 8th.
At that point, there will be a time for public comment.
However they always take written comment at city hall.
“We’re very excited to move forward and continue the process forward. We’ve got really good momentum in the community right now,” said Cotter.