In March of 2013, the City of Winona concluded a year-long moratorium on silica sand operations. As a result of the moratorium and the accompanying study, the City of Winona amended the City Code to address existing and future silica sand operations. In particular, the City added requirements for moisture testing and fugitive dust control plans to address potential issues with existing facilities, and significantly expanded on existing CUP requirements for silica sand mining, processing, and transportation facilities to address future projects.
Winona’s City Code defines silica sand as the following:
Silica Sand: naturally existing well-rounded, high compressive strength, high quartz (silicon dioxide) level sand having a composition of nearly pure quartz (few impurities from other minerals) and a grain-size distribution required for industrial applications, including the hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to obtain oil and natural gas. Silica sand does not include common rock, stone, aggregate, gravel, or sand with a low quartz level.
The City of Winona has 14 zoning districts. Silica sand mining is only allowed in the City’s A-G Agricultural district with a Conditional Use Permit. Silica sand processing and/or transportation uses are only allowed in the City’s M-2 General Manufacturing district with a Conditional Use Permit. See below for links to Winona’s silica sand application packets. Regulations for both new mines and processing/transportation facilities are included. In addition to the requirement for CUPs, all silica sand uses are required to submit a standard site plan application. Additional information about the City of Winona’s silica sand regulations can be obtained by contacting the City’s Planning Division.
|For questions, please contact below:|
|Carlos Espinosa||Assistant City Planner||[email protected]||457-8250|
The City of Winona’s frac sand moratorium expired on March 13, 2013. See below for final ordinances adopted by the City Council at the conclusion of the moratorium.
|Moratorium Timeline PDF
Frac Sand Moratorium Study Scope PDF
Ordinance to Establish Moratorium on Frac Sand Operations PDF
Active and Proposed Frac Sand Operations PDF
|Council Meeting, January 22, 2013: Sand Moratorium Ordinance Amendments|
|The ordinance amendments reviewed by Council are available in the final report below. A memo regarding questions asked at the January 7 Pre-Council meeting can be accessed by clicking here.|
|Pre-Council Meeting, January 7, 2013: Sand Moratorium Final Report|
|Sand Moratorium Study Final Report Jan 2013|
|Pre-Council Meeting, December 3, 2012: Biesanz Nonconformity Agreement|
|Council Packet PDFPresentation PDF|
|Presentations from August 27, 2012 meeting with Mn/DOT and WisDOT representatives:|
|Mn/DOT (PDF) – Dave Christianson
WisDOT (PDF) – Tom Beekman
|Presentations from June 20, 2012 meeting with Minnesota State agencies:|
|Industrial Sand Mining Intro PDF
Environmental Regulations for Sand Mining PDF
Sand Mining Environmental Review PDF
Silica Toxicity PDF
|Silica Sand Mining in Wisconsin PDF|
|Board of Adjustment Members|
|Christopher Sanchez, Chair||276 East Third Street, Winona||474-7253||[email protected]|
|Mario Einsman||307 West Sanborn Street||452-8652|
|David Kouba||502 East Wabasha Street, Winona||454-3163|
|Jon Krofchalk||1435 Brookview Drive, Winona||452-1539||[email protected]|
|Laura Priem||315 West Sanborn Steeet, Winona||452-2692|
|Jeremy O’Laughlin||1727 Edgewood Rd, Winona||459-6096|