The Pinal County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously approved agreements, permits and zoning that paves the way for construction of a landfill east of Superstition Vistas.
The 450-acre Silver Bar Mine landfill would become the first commercial venture near the Superstition Vistas area – a 275-square mile swath of state trust land that is expected to ultimately become home to more than 1 million people. Superstition Vistas is between Apache Junction and Florence in Pinal County.
The land slated for the landfill is owned by a partnership including Cowley Management, Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek and solid waste-industry lobbyist Charles Coughlin.
Former Pinal County former senior planner Bonnie Bariola has publicly protested the way the landfill owners have gone through the process and is disappointed in the board’s decision.
“I’m not opposed to the landfill, but the planning process is contrary to how the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency say it needs to be done,” Bariola said. “There are still a lot of issues that need to be addressed.”
Mike Withey, counsel for the landowners, said they are pleased with the decision and thought the board spent “a lot of time and thought” on the matter.