Proposed non-metallic mining amendments to a Buffalo County Zoning Ordinance were recently adopted 3 to 1 by county zoning supervisors and forwarded to the full county board for final action on April 16th.
The amendments define non-metallic mineral mining regulations, industrial sand mining and ordinance driven standards that the county's Board of Adjustment must consider when taking action on conditional-use permits for mining projects.
The zoning committee made changes to a proposed zoning ordinance by adding language for the board of adjustment to consider when weighing the cumulative impacts of mining projects.
Factors would include consideration of effects of a proposed mining operation from both an individual and cumulative perspective.
Listed factors would include location, nature and size of a proposed mine operation and usage as well as traffic, roads, compatibility with adjacent land uses and relationship to the public interest.
A 13-month moratorium on accepting new applications for mineral mining in Buffalo County expires April 30th. The goal is to have a new ordinance in place before the moratorium expires.