Speaking of LOTS, when I last checked in on the long-running saga surrounding the reconstruction of the trash transfer station on Lookout Drive in Richardson by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), it was to note that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) had prepared a draft permit for the enlarged operation. That permit was being challenged by a neighborhood group and a hearing was scheduled in Plano on January 8 regarding that appeal.
After the jump, an update.
The group that originally challenged plans for reconstruction of LOTS, "Neighborhood Protection Alliance of Richardson" (NPAR), has apparently morphed into "Lookout for Richardson" (LFR), a single issue group challenging the permit.
One of NPAR's other issues was opposition to the nearby CityLine development. Now, ironically, LFR is trying to enlist CityLine businesses in its opposition to the LOTS reconstruction. Politics makes for strange bedfellows.
According to LFR, that hearing in Plano in January was only a minor procedural hearing to confirm LFR's standing to contest the permit. TCEQ won't make a decision on the appeal itself until later this year, perhaps November.
I've always thought there were two issues with LOTS: location and operation. With regard to location, if it's going to move, it has to move somewhere. If LFR could find a neighborhood that wants it and could get them to petition NTMWD to situate it there, I'd be with them all the way. Otherwise, I have a hard time supporting NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) arguments.
With regard to the operation of LOTS, I'm all for making it more environmentally friendly, improving its containment of trash, noise, and smells. Since LOTS is already in the neighborhood, let's make it as unobtrusive as is practical. LFR performs a valuable service acting as watchdog on this front.