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Public can speak up on UMore mining plan

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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Got an opinion on mining at UMore? The Rosemount Planning Commission wants to hear it.

The planning commission will hold the first of two public hearings at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at city hall. During the hearing the commission will take comments from residents on the project.

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Dakota Aggregates has submitted an application for a large scale mineral extraction permit and an interim use permit for associate ancillary uses such as aggregate processing, concrete production, asphalt production and concrete product casting. Additionally the company has requested an annual operation permit for dry/wet mining for its first phase of mining. The company hopes to begin phase 1 of its wet and dry mining in 2013 in an area off of Station Trail and County Road 46.

In all the company plans to wet and dry mine 890 acres of property over a 40 year span on property owned by the University of Minnesota.

The planning commission held a work session at the end of July to go over details of the application. Staff will go through the application again at the public hearing and discuss their concerns.

In June the Rosemount City Council approved a large scale mineral extraction ordinance. Dakota Aggregates will have to meet the standards of that ordinance as well as other conditions that come up during this process.

The commission will open the public hearing during its Aug. 28 meeting but will not make a decision. They will hold over until the Sept. 25 meeting to take additional comments. In between the two meetings the commission plans to hold a work session to discuss any issues that come up during the first public hearing.

After the planning commission has made a recommendation the city council will make the final decision about the permit.

Background

In 2011, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents chose Dakota Aggregates to mine and run ancillary businesses on approximately 1,000 acres on the western edge of its UMore Park property in Rosemount and Empire Township. Underneath the UMore property lies 170 million tons of sand and gravel.

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