The Winona County Board, on a 4-to-1 vote, denied a petition to rezone 13 acres of land along Old Homer Road to permit the relocation of a construction firm into larger quarters.
Neighbors to the property complained of safety concerns and groundwater problems with their wells with the disturbance of a site that houses a former landfill dump. The site was used by the city of Winona over 40 years ago as a dump before permits or regulations were required.
One of the petitioners, Tom Williams, called it a fear of the unknown when it comes to the site.
Board Chair Marcia Ward, who voted in favor of denying the zoning change from Ag-Resources Conservation to Community Development, said she was concerned about the loss of agland.
The denial of the rezoning went against the County Planning Commission which recommended the approval. Williams said he wanted the zoning change approved before he paid for an environmental review of the property. A decision on pursuing the project would be contingent on that review.
Commissioner Steve Jacob was the only one who favored the rezoning.