The Buffalo County Land-Resources Committee will host a public hearing February 13th, on a Glacier Sands application to create a 350-acre industrial zone in the Town of Milton, not far from Cochrane-Fountain City School.
Glacier Sands seeks the rezoning of agricultural land to industrial use as a first step in a grander plan to seek permits for building a railway trans-loading facility for shipping frack-sand and grain.
The proposed industrial operation is similar to a 2012 project Glacier Sands sought permits for in the same location. The county's board of zoning adjustment denied that permit.
Opponents of the earlier plan for a frack-sand industrial business located near Cochrane-Fountain City School and neighboring residences are organizing again to fight the rezoning.
Joan Schnabel of Fountain City told the zoning committee last week that people against the Glacier Sands project would turn out in even greater numbers than in 2012.
The zoning committee intends to hold a meeting to hear a presentation from Glacier Sands representatives on February 11th, two days before the public hearing.
Committee members reached a 3-1 consensus to have the Glacier Sands rezone meetings and hearings in February.
Zoning Chairman Tom Taylor of Naples said a rezoning resolution could go to the county board for up or down vote on March 4th.