City of Red Wing

Red Wing Silica Sand Mining Moratorium

The Red Wing City Council adopted a Moratorium on any new silica sand mining operations on October 10, 2011 and the Ordinance became effective on October 29, 2011 and will end on October 28, 2012. The Red Wing Sustainability Commission and the Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission were asked to lead the study process and develop recommendations concerning the various processes related to silica/frac sand mining. The two commissions met jointly and the following links provide access to their agendas and minutes. There are additional links to other reports and information that they have gathered in the process of studying this issue. On August 21, 2012 both Commissions approved the final draft of the Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining Operations Moratorium Report. Below is a link to the Final Report, dated August 22, 2012. The Red Wing City Council reviewed the report at a meeting conducted on August 13, 2012 and adopted the report at their meeting held on August 27, 2012. At the August 27th meeting the City Council also directed the City staff and City Attorney to proceed to draft zoning amendments that were recommended in the Final Report.


On September 18, 2012 the Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on a draft of a zoning amendment. Following the public hearing, the Advisory Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval. The City Council met on September 24, 2012 and voted unanimously to introduce the zoning amendment and on October 1, 2012 voted unanimously to adopt Ordinance No. 39, Fourth Series. Mayor Egan signed the Ordinance on October 1st.

Below is a link to the zoning amendment as adopted. The Ordinance will become effective 14 days following publication (October 17, 2012).

Click here to view the Ordinance No. 39, Fourth Series
Click here to view Open Space Preservation Overlay District Map Addendum


August 22, 2012 Final Industrial Silica Sand Mining Operations Moratorium Report - Click the links below to view the full report.

Moratorium Interim Ordinance

Joint Sustainability/Planning Commission Minutes
July 24, 2012
July 17, 2012
April 11, 2012

March 13, 2012
February 2, 2012
May 30, 2012
June 26, 2012  

Joint Sustainability/Planning Commission Agendas/Packets
July 24, 2012
July 11, 2012
April 11, 2012
March 13, 2012
February 2, 2012
January 17, 2012 - study outline & schedule

Goodhue County Mining Committee Link: 

Studies and Reports
Bedrock Geology Goodhue County
Crystalline Silica Primer - US Bureau of Mines
Feedback and Questions on Dunn County
Minnesota DNR Frequently Asked Questions - March 2012
Minnesota DNR mineral Rights Face Sheet
Non-Metallic and Processing in Dunn County
Planning and Zoning for Frac Sand Mining
Winona County Planning Department Recommendations - October 7, 2011
Winona County Regulatory Framework
Wisconsin DNR Silica Sand Mining in Wisconsin
Goodhue County Draft Zoning Amendment Article14 July 9, 2012
Goodhue County Mining Study Committee Summary Report July 2012

Joint Commission Report Outline and Drafts
May 25, 2012: draft Silica Sand Mining Study Report
April 9, 2012: Silica Sand Mining Moratorium Report
March 21, 2012: Silica Sand Mining Moratorium Report Outline

For More Information, contact:
Brian C. Peterson AICP, Planning Director;