Landfill mound proposed in Burnsville

September 16 update

On September 16, 2019, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released the DRAFT final scoping document for their upcoming environmental review of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill expansion project.  The DRAFT adds items to study based on comments received, including from the City of Bloomington.  MPCA will accept comments on the DRAFT until 4:30 p.m. September 27, 2019. 

The following MPCA webpage includes links to the DRAFT final scoping document and information on where to send comments.


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 preparation of a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. an application for a Certificate of Need from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), 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 comments to MPCA - SEIS scope

The City of Bloomington submitted the following written comments to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regarding the scope of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that the MPCA will prepare in the second half of 2019.

Bloomington's comments to Burnsville

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 the above 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."

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.