Buffalo County has scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. on April 3rd to take comments on proposed zoning ordinance amendments to regulate nonmetallic mining.
The county's zoning committee voted 3 to 1 to bring mining regulations to a hearing with the intent to send the amendments to the Buffalo County Board for action in advance of a mining moratorium expiring on April 30.
County board zoning supervisors Tom Taylor, Fay Passow and Dennis Youngbauer voted in favor of advancing a proposed draft of new zoning amendments. James Ziegeweid of Glencoe voted against the proposed ordinance draft because he wanted it to include language addressing cumulative impacts of mining projects in Buffalo County.
Losing on that score, Ziegeweid called for scheduling of a future zoning session to discuss cumulative mining effects and define them in a policy of standards and procedures regulating mining.
The zoning committee plans to approve a separate policy on nonmetallic mining procedures and standards not included in the county's zoning ordinance.