Clean Fill Operations
Clean Fill means uncontaminated non-water-soluble, non-decomposable, inert solids such as rock, soil, gravel, concrete, glass and or clay or ceramic products. Clean fill does not mean processed or unprocessed mixed construction and demolition debris, including, but not limited to, wallboard, plastic, wood or metal or any substance deemed corrosive, combustible, noxious, reactive, or radioactive. In the R.M., Clean Fill is broken down into Type I and Type II.
Type I Clean Fill
Type I Clean Fill means the dumping or placement of clean fill from outside sources for the purpose of re-grading or leveling a property to reclaim previously excavated properties, correct drainage on a site or make a site more suitable for construction. Type I Clean Fill operations are not intended to accommodate the processing and recycling of fill for commercial distribution. Approval for a Type I Clean Fill operation will be for a maximum period of 2 years, which may be renewed at the discretion of Council, providing the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw continue to be met.
Type II Clean Fill
Type II Clean Fill means the dumping or placement of clean fill from outside sources for the purpose of storage, processing and commercial distribution for financial gain. Approval for a Type II Clean Fill operation will be for a maximum period of 5 years, which may be renewed at the discretion of Council, providing the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw continue to be met.
Clean Fill Regulations
Type I and Type II Clean Fill Operations must meet or provide the following requirements:
- The applicant must provide evidence of compliance with any applicable provincial and federal legislation or regulations including approvals where required.
- A Professional Geotechnical Engineer licensed to practice in the Province of Saskatchewan must be employed to review and endorse the operational plan. They must also complete regular inspections of the operation providing the Planning Department with evidence that the type and application of the fill is in accordance with the Development Permit approval. A representative of the R.M. must be permitted to perform routine inspections of the operation where deemed appropriate.
- An operational plan must be provided, identifying:
- The types of materials to be collected and processed onsite
- The hours of operation for collection, processing and hauling activities
- Strategies for the management and protection of surface and ground water resources including the location and design of storm water runoff collection facilities
- Strategies for minimizing odour and dust generated by the activity
- Appropriate methods such as proper location and property screening must be utilized to minimize the noise created from machinery and equipment. Property access routes must be located away from existing residential dwelling units.
- A Clean Fill Operation must have regard to adjacent land uses and no material is to be stored or piled within 30 m (100 ft) of the bank of any river or watercourse.
Additional Type II Clean Fill Regulations
In addition to the public notification provisions for Discretionary Uses, details of the application be circulated to property owners adjacent to the proposed haul routes to obtain public input on the proposed site.
In addition to the regulations listed above, Type II Clean Fill Operations must meet or provide the following requirements:
- A Type II Clean Fill Operation must be located directly adjacent to a provincial highway or a municipal roadway designated by the Municipality as a primary haul route.
- Prior to initiation of any activity on the property, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment by a qualified Professional Geotechnical Engineer licensed to practice in the Province of Saskatchewan must be performed and submitted to the R.M. to ensure that the site intended for development is free of contaminants.
- Clean Fill Type II sites must be fenced and gated with a locking gate, with a means of securing entry and exit to the site acceptable to the Municipality. As well signs to identify hours of operation and acceptable clean fill materials are required.
- All deposited material must be documented and verified by the operator to ensure its origin is known and that all material dumped meet the criteria for clean fill.
- Evidence of liability insurance coverage associated directly with the Type II operation must be provided.
The applicant will be required to enter into a development agreement with the R.M. to ensure the clean fill operation complies with all relevant requirements of the applicable Zoning Bylaw, including provisions for a financial guarantee equal to the cost of restoration of the site if deemed necessary
The Director of Public Works may require that dust and noise control measures are undertaken to prevent the operation from becoming an annoyance to neighbouring land owners. The applicant, operator, or any person who hauls the clean fill may also be required by the Director of Public Works to enter into a road maintenance agreement.
Development Permit Application Requirements
The following is required in order to make an application:
- A completed Application Form and receipt of full payment of the $780 application fee;
- A letter of intent describing the following aspects of the proposed activity including:
- An estimation of traffic volumes generated to the property
- Operational details including projected number of employees, seasons, days and hours of operation
- Identification of safeguards that may be required to minimize nuisances to adjacent properties including noise, dust and odours
- Identification of the available water supply
- Method of disposal of solid or liquid waste
- Any additional information concerning the use that describes the nature and intensity of use proposed