County looks across street for biomass plant site

first_imgClark County thinks it may have found a way to build a biomass-fueled power plant downtown without seeking the approval of the Vancouver City Council: build it across the street from where they were thinking of putting it.Plans for a biomass boiler system that uses woody forest debris to create heat for five county buildings haven’t changed. But moving it across a few feet of pavement could make all the difference.The county’s original proposal was to build the plant on land it owns at the corner of West 12th and Harney streets, west of the jail. But the lot is zoned for commercial use, meaning the county would have to get a zone change approved by the Vancouver City Council — and several councilors, along with neighbors, have balked at the idea of smokestacks and delivery trucks downtown. In emails and workshops, the council has pushed the county to move the plant to an industrial area.The county found that industrial area, mere steps away. It also owns the building across the street at 812 W. 11th St., which, it discovered recently, is already approved for light industrial use.“The city has asked us in the past to look at an industrial site,” Clark County Program Development Manager Marlia Jenkins said. “We are now looking at a new site that is across the street.”last_img read more