Frac Sand Information

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.

Winona Mining CUP Application

Winona Silica Sand Processing and Transportation Operations CUP Application

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.

Action Item #1 (Mining)
Action Item #2 (Moisture Testing)
Action Item #3 (Setbacks)
Action Item #4 (Transportation Impact Analyses and Road Use Agreements)

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General Frac Sand InfoPlanning CommissionBoard of Adjustment
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
Wisconsin DNR:
Silica Sand Mining in Wisconsin PDF
Planning Commission Frac Sand Agenda Items
Agenda: December 10, 2012Sand Moratorium Action Items
Sand Moratorium Final Report
Agenda: November 26, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Draft Final Report
Agenda: October 22, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Draft Final Report
Agenda: October 8, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Traffic Impacts and Road Wear
Sand Moratorium Study: Setback for Equipment and Stockpiles at Sand Processing and Transportation Facilities
Sand Moratorium Study: Remaining Timeline
Agenda: September 24, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Traffic Impacts and Road Wear
Agenda: September 10, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Traffic Impacts and Road Wear
Sand Moratorium Study: Site by Site Analyses-Sand Processing Plant-Hwy 14/Goodview Road & 25 McConnon Drive
Agenda: August 27, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Traffic Impacts
Sand Moratorium Study: Site by Site Analyses-Gould Transport Operation & 370 West Second Street
Agenda: August 13, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Environmental Review
Sand Moratorium Study: Miscellaneous Water Questions
Agenda: July 23, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Water Quality/Permitting
Agenda: July 9, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Air Quality
Agenda: June 25, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Biesanz Stone Company Analysis
Agenda: May 29, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Habitat, Wetlands, and Quality of Life
Agenda: May 14, 2012Sand Moratorium Study: Habitat, Wetlands, and Quality of Life
Agenda: April 23, 2012Sand Study Process
Agenda: February 27th, 2012Sand Processing and Transportation Facilities: CUP Amendment
Agenda: February 13th, 2012Sand Processing and Transportation Facilities: CUP Amendment

Planning Commission Agendas, Minutes & Members

Agendas

Minutes

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