Louisville Metro Council will hold two separate special meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 31 — one regarding proposed regulations of anaerobic digesters and another about the sudden collapse of a building in West Louisville.

Anaerobic digesters, also known as biodigesters or methane plants, have been a hot-button topic in Louisville ever since Indiana-based company STAR BioEnergy proposed building one near Heaven Hill Distilleries in West Louisville. Citizens raised concerns about odor, noise, traffic and safety.

Under the regulation changes proposed Monday night, anaerobic digesters would only be allowed in M-3, the blue-gray sections. | Courtesy of Develop Louisville
Under the regulation changes proposed Monday night, anaerobic digesters would only be allowed in M-3, the blue-gray sections. | Courtesy of Develop Louisville

Metro Council’s Planning/Zoning, Land Design and Development Committee will hold a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers, 601 W. Jefferson St., about regulations that would limit where and under what circumstances a company can build an anaerobic digester.

“This meeting is an opportunity to hear from those people who have not yet commented on the process of allowing the use of biodigesters in Metro Louisville,” committee chair and Councilwoman Madonna Flood, D-24, said in a news release.

The meeting will only allow 10 people who favor the regulations and 10 people who oppose them to speak, and each speaker will be limited to three minutes. People wishing to speak must call Flood’s office at (502) 574-1124 before noon Wednesday to get on the list.

Flood specifically stated that the public comment period isn’t for people who spoke at the Planning Commission earlier this month because the committee already has reviewed their comments.

Insider Louisville previously reported that the Planning Commission recommended that Metro Council approve strict regulations for anaerobic digesters — stricter than those proposed by Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services staff. Commissioners reasoned that they could always relax the regulations in the future, but the city would have trouble stiffening less restrictive standards.

Following the meeting about the biodigester regulations, council’s Public Safety Committee will host a special meeting regarding the collapse of the “Meat Store” building on South 28th Street. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in council chambers.

In a separate news release, Councilman David James, D-6, said the committee will investigate what led to the collapse of 1066 and 1064 S. 28th St., which resulted in one death. The special meeting is being held at the request of Councilwoman Jessica Green, D-1, since the building was in her district.

“It has been nearly six weeks, and we still don’t have much information,” Green said in the release.  “We need to know how this happened, why it happened, and what we have to do to prevent it from ever happening again.”

For those who can’t attend the meetings in person, both meetings can be viewed on Metro TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 25 or on UVERSE Channel 99. The meetings also can be streamed online here.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]