4/4/2013 1:42:00 PM Landfill ordinance is just proactive step
The Wyoming Planning Commission is hosting a public hearing to adopt a landfill land use ordinance for the old landfill on the east edge of downtown-- but there’s no project before the city at this time. Wyoming City Zoning Administrator Fred Weck, said the MN Pollution Control Agency is requiring jurisdictions containing landfill sites to enact ordinances regulating future uses.
The Wyoming proposed ordinance basically requires that all applications for any uses of the 66 acre, former Pine Lane Landfill, be approved by the MNPCA Commissioner as well as the City of Wyoming. The landfill is off East Viking Blvd, east of Friesland. The state is minimizing “human activity” that could potentially disrupt any closed landfill sites, Weck explained. Wyoming has considered open space-type uses in discussions about the site, but this ordinance doesn’t spell out any specifics.
The planning commission hearing is April 9 and council would get the ordinance on its April 16 regular meeting agenda along with the planning commission recommendations. Pine Lane Landfill accepted waste from June 1972 to December 1989, according to state records. The site is now overseen by the state through a 2001 agreement where PCA was designated to take it over from the private owner. The site is not lined. Cover consisting of soil and plantings was put in when the waste or “landfill footprint” was consolidated to 27 acres. The burn-off of methane gas was begun there in 2005.