Five of eight stakeholder referrals for a proposed wood-pellet plant have already been returned to the Village to Chase with less than a week until deadline.
Village corporate officer Larry Randle said Interior Health, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, Ministry of Environment, Chase Fire and Rescue and the Kamloops-Thompson School District have provided or promised input in writing by the Wednesday deadline.
Randle is still awaiting word from the Adams Lake, Neskonlith and Little Shuswap Indian bands, he said.
The referrals don’t give the organizations a vote on the proposed $40-million Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group project, but comments will be taken into consideration when councillors vote on zoning for the Aylmer Road property.
“They can say whatever they wish. It’s only consultation. There’s nothing binding on council,” Randle told The Daily News on Thursday.
Most of the feedback has suggested little to no concerns about the plant, he said. The province reminds Pinnacle it will require an air discharge permit.
Randle expects the referrals will be read, summarized and appear as a report to council next month, possibly in time for the Nov. 12 meeting, said Randle.
A vote on zoning will follow a second public hearing next month. A date for the hearing hasn’t been decided.
The Aylmer property is currently zoned residential, but was previously industrial land.
If approved, the plant would employ 25 people directly and provide about 15 offshoot jobs, making it one of the village's biggest employers.