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Landfill mound proposed in Burnsville

In February 2019, Bloomington received notice of a proposal in the City of Burnsville to significantly expand the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, which is across the Minnesota River immediately south of the Dwan Golf Course. The expansion would increase the height of the landfill to 372 feet above grade and the waste volume of the landfill by 26 million cubic yards. As proposed, the peak of the landfill would be over 250 feet taller than the top of the river bluff in Bloomington and 60 feet taller than Bloomington’s tallest point, Mount Gilboa at Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area.

The City of Bloomington has significant concerns about the proposal including visual impact, locating additional waste in a sensitive ecological area, noise, odor, escaping trash, among others.  The City of Bloomington submitted a comment letter in opposition to the expansion and testified in opposition at Burnsville public hearings (links to video below).

On February 25, 2019, the Burnsville Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of and, on March 5, 2019, the Burnsville City Council unanimously approved a Concept PUD Plan for the landfill expansion.  Next steps in the approval process will play out over multiple years and include an application for a Certificate of Need from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement, final approval from the City of Burnsville and a permit from the MPCA.

Although the City of Bloomington has no approval authority over the expansion, the City will continue to monitor these reviews and express concerns.

Bloomington's written comments

The City of Bloomington submitted the following written comments to the City of Burnsville regarding the landfill mound project.

Size of proposed landfill mound

The visualization below, created by Bloomington staff using Google Earth, shows the size of the proposed landfill. The point of view is looking southward along Xerxes Avenue towards Burnsville. 

Click on the image to view it in greater detail. Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page. 

Visualization of proposed landfill mound looking southward towards Burnsville.

Video flyovers and street-level visualizations

Flyover videos

Street-level videos

Playlist showing all videos

Aerial image map of site

The location of the project is shown in yellow in the aerial photo, below. The photo was included in the plan submitted by the developer to the City of Burnsville. Click on the image to view it in greater detail. Use your browser's "back" button to return to this page. 

Aerial map showing the location of the proposed landfill.

Text description of aerial image

This image is a map made using an aerial photo of the northwest corner of Burnsville. The map includes the Minnesota River along the north edge, Highway I-35W along the east, and Highway 13 along the south.

The map shows a roughly rectangular, yellow-colored area near its western edge, northwest of the intersection of the two highways. The yellow area is the location of the proposed landfill project. The area is labeled, "Burnsville Sanitary Landfill / Proposed Development / Maximum Elevation 1082 ft." The northernmost boundary of the landfill area is about 1,000 feet away from the Minnesota River. 

Also visible, to the east-northeast of the landfill and adjacent to Highway I-35W, is a smaller landfill labeled, "Freeway Landfill / MPCA Preferred Design / Maximum Elevation ~ 852 ft."

Proposal announcement

Subject: BSLI Concept PUD Amendment (DEV2018-0038) New Application

A Public Hearing will be held on February 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible by the Burnsville Planning Commission, 100 Civic Center Parkway, in the Council Chambers on the application of Burnsville Sanitary Landfill Inc., for a Concept Stage Planned Unit Development Amendment to increase disposal capacity of the landfill adding up to 26 million cubic yards of municipal solid waste and raise the elevation of the landfill to a height of 1,082 feet above mean seal level (362 feet above grade or about 260 feet above the currently permitted future landfill height) located at 2650 Cliff Road West.

The application will be scheduled for the next appropriate City Council meeting following the Planning Commission meeting.

All persons desiring to speak on this application are encouraged to attend. Comments are due February 14. Please submit comments via email to Deb Garross at For more information concerning this request, please call (952) 895-4446 or email at the City of Burnsville.

The submitted plans and related documents are available on the City of Burnsville's secure file transfer site.

Burnsville public meetings

Visit these links for access to City of Burnsville public meetings addressing the landfill, including meeting video and informational packets related to the project.