Buffalo County has approved a new zoning policy manual outlining standard conditions and procedures to use in dealing with mining permit applications.
The county board's Land Resources/Zoning Committee Tuesday passed a policy that set in place new procedures that give municipal town boards advisory say on proposed mining projects.
The plan also gives the county's highway department and zoning committee authority to study and comment on mining permit applications before projects go in front of the county's Zoning Board of Adjustment for decision.
The Buffalo County Board last week approved an amended county zoning ordinance that incorporated language defining non-metallic mineral mining. The ordinance and Land Resources Department policy manual were designed to work in tandem in regulating sand mining as well aggregate stone quarries and other mineral extractions.