Special Permit for Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Board of Standards and Appeals may permit an enclosed membrane bio-reactor wastewater treatment plant not to exceed 100,000 square feet in floor area on a site not to exceed 40,000 square feet in area, provided that the following findings are made:

(a)        that in all cases the proposed plant promotes and protects the public health, safety and general welfare;

(b)        the proposed plant shall be adequate for anticipated development in the area to be served;

(c)        the proposed plant is designed primarily to serve the Special Willets Point District;

(d)        the site for such use is so located as to minimize the adverse effects on the integrity of existing and future development, and to minimize the interruption of the continuity of retail frontage;

(e)        the architectural and landscaping treatment of such use shall blend harmoniously with the rest of the area; and

(f)        that such use shall conform to the performance standards applicable to M1 Districts.

In addition, the Board shall refer such application to the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection for a report to ensure that the site-specific design of the enclosed membrane bio-reactor waste water treatment plant meets all City and State health and effluent standards.

The Board may prescribe appropriate conditions or safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area including requirements for soundproofing, safety devices, and the concealment of such use with building enclosures, landscaping, buffer zones or other methods.