Current Application: Waste Management / Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, Inc.
Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Inc. Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application
Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Inc., submitted an application to amend the 2040 Comprehensive Plan to change text, graphics and maps to remove references to the 18-hole golf course final end use for the top of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill following closure of the facility. The amendments proposed change the final end use plan to reflect the future closed landfill, open space, natural habitat, conservation area and recreational access to the Minnesota Riverfront. The south area of the site (Lot 1, Block 1, BSLI Addition), is proposed to be rezoned from CRD, Commercial Recreation to I-2, General Industry and the north part of the site (Outlot A, BSLI Addition) to be rezoned from CRD, Commercial Recreation to C-D, Conservancy.
Upcoming Public Hearings/Meetings
- Feb. 13: Burnsville Planning Commission, meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Burnsville City Hall
- Feb. 21 (tentative): Burnsville City Council review, meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at Burnsville City Hall
- 2040 Comprehensive Plan Chapter Changes (PDF, large file may take time to load)
- 2040 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Maps (PDF, large file may take time to load)
Waste Management submitted a land use application to the City of Burnsville for a Development Stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) to expand the Waste Management landfill located at 2650 Cliff Road West. The request includes:
- Increase total waste disposal capacity to allow up to an additional 26 million cubic yards of Municipal Solid Waste
- Increase the height of the landfill from a maximum elevation of 820 feet above mean sea level, to elevation of 1,082 feet above mean sea level
- Decrease the Industrial and Demolition/Construction waste capacity
- Eliminate the 18-hole golf course end use plan and modify the footprint of the landfill to reduce it from 216 to 204 acres
An application for Conditional Use Permit has also been applied for to allow grading and filling within the Minnesota River floodplain and modification of the levee system.
Questions for Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, Inc. on their proposed application can be directed to Michael Miller at 952-656-5014.
View Past Public Hearings/Meetings
- July 25: Burnsville Planning Commission: View meeting video and report
- Aug. 8: Burnsville Planning Commission: View meeting
- Aug. 10: MPCA Public Meeting for BSLI Sanitary Landfill Permit Reissuance
- Aug. 16: Burnsville City Council: View meeting
Freeway Landfill: R.B. McGowan Company
The previous Freeway Landfill Concept Planned Unit Development and Floodplain Conditional Use Permit application to reopen Freeway Landfill has been withdrawn by the applicant and there will be no further action on this application.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
The MPCA is responsible for managing solid waste. In July 2020 MPCA determined if landfills are not allowed to expand, Twin Cities residents could end up with no facility to send their waste and determined Burnsville Sanitary Landfill would be allocated additional waste capacity along with three other metro area landfills.
Approval for new landfill capacity requires three separate processes:
- Environment Review: The MPCA determined the Waste Management – Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement adequately addressed all potentially significant issues raised during the environmental review process. View details and the Findings of Fact on the MPCA website.
For questions related to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement contact Steve Sommer Resource Management and Assistance Division Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-757-2746 or MPCA admin staff at 651-757-2098.
- Certificate of Need
- Mixed municipal solid waste resource recovery facilities must be functioning at full capacity
- Waste must be certified as non-processible by the seven metro area counties
- View the Metropolitan Solid Waste Management Plan 2016-2036 for criteria and standards
- Solid Waste Permit
In accordance with State Law (Minn. Stat. 115A and 473), the county plays the primary role in planning, implementing and maintaining solid waste programs for proper management of waste. Dakota County collaborates with the state, region, public entities including the City of Burnsville, residents, businesses, community groups and the waste industry to develop a Master Plan and programs to meet state goals. Dakota County licenses and regulates haulers and facilities for collection, management and related services.
For information about Dakota County Recycling and Waste Management contact: