100 Forester Street (HTEC Hydrogen Liquefaction Plant)
Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) has applied to develop a hydrogen liquefaction plant on the southwest portion of an existing 19 acre industrial site occupied by an ERCO Worldwide manufacturing facility.
Current status and progress updates
July 10, 2023 — Second and third reading, and rezoning approved at Council
The application was presented to Council who gave it second and third reading, and voted to approve the rezoning. Read the staff report and presentation in the ‘Related documents and web content’ tab.
June 13, 2023 — Public hearing
The application was presented at a public hearing. A public hearing is your chance to speak to Council if you feel your interest in property will be affected by the application. Read the staff report and presentation in the ‘Related documents and web content’ tab.
May 15, 2023 — First reading
The application was presented to Council, who gave it first reading and referred it to a public hearing. Read the staff report with recommendation in the ‘Related documents and web content’ tab.
April 27, 2023 — Public information meeting (in person)
The applicant hosted an in-person public information meeting. A public meeting is your opportunity to meet the applicant, learn more about the proposal, ask questions, and share your views.
April 20 to May 4, 2023 — Public information meeting (virtual)
The applicant hosted a virtual public information meeting. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the proposal, ask questions, and share your views. For your convenience, this meeting will be held online over a two-week period.
April 5, 2023 — Detailed application received
Staff received the detailed application and started reviewing it.
December 21, 2022 — Preliminary application received
Staff received the preliminary application and started reviewing it.
Additional proposal details
The proposed hydrogen plant would occupy 5.7 acres on the southwest corner of a larger 19 acre industrial site in Maplewood, where an ERCO Worldwide manufacturing facility is already located. There is existing industrial development on the east, west, and north sides, and a treed berm and tidal mudflats to the south.
The proposed hydrogen plant would capture, purify, and liquefy the hydrogen that is a byproduct of the manufacturing activities already being conducted on the site. The liquefied hydrogen can be used to power zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles.
Current land use designation
The Official Community Plan (OCP) designates this site as Industrial.
The site is already zoned for industrial use. However, a text amendment is required, as hydrogen is deemed to be a hazardous material and requires spot zoning to permit the liquefaction and storage of hydrogen on site.
In addition, the project requires a development permit for:
- Form and character
- Energy/water conservation
- Creek hazard