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P & Z recommends broadening use possibilities for existing buildings in Ag District


Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission held a public hearing on the use of existing buildings in the Ag District (604.03 #13) at their April 10 meeting.

Number 13 under Conditional Uses in the Ag District read as follows: “Commercial and Industrial uses primarily intended to serve agricultural uses.” The amended language is proposed to read: “Commercial and Industrial uses primarily intended to serve agriculture. Non-agricultural commercial or industrial uses can be located in existing buildings, not previously permitted as a dwelling, sited adjacent to the Highway 16, 52, and 63 corridor.”

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained that the intent is for the main corridors to see commercial and industrial use. Questions have been raised about the use of existing buildings along these main corridors. The sale of some of these buildings has been held up because of the limited use options in the current ordinance.

The ordinance amendment would not extend to new construction. At the last meeting Duane Bakke suggested that commercial and industrial activity should remain as close to municipalities as much as possible.

There was no comment from the public. The commission unanimously passed the amended language and sent it on to the county board for their consideration.

Other Issues Discussed

The commission discussed other issues related to rezoning in the Ag District. In January the former motel property near the Iowa state line in Canton Township was rezoned from B1(commercial) to R1 (single and two family residential) to allow it to be used as a six residential apartment unit.

The intent of the ordinance had been to limit housing in the Ag District. However, the rezoning of the motel was consistent with the ordinance as it is written today.

In order to limit this type of spot zoning there would have to be an amendment to 604.01 #1 (Prohibited Uses). Property within the Ag District that is currently not zoned Ag can be rezoned to another district for a different use under the rules of the existing ordinance.

Bakke maintained water bottling should be limited only to water from an artesian well. He continued stating that the reservoir for an artesian well is different than other wells in the county. Bakke noted that the water in our area is the best drinking water in the state. Graves said, personally, he believed the ordinance should j .....
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Canton moves forward with spring projects

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council took a walk down the street to the old liquor store building at the beginning of the April 9 meeting to take a look at the current state of the building and discuss plans for rebuilding now that the weather is improving. Th ..... 
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Ask a Trooper - Motorcycles

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Did you know? Did you know, in Minnesota, that up to 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involve only the single vehicle? Motorcycle use is at an all-time high and the two primary factors involved when they crash are “driver inexperience” and “sp ..... 
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Spring water, signs and new brochures highlight Whalan’s April council meeting

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Signs of spring were on the agenda at last Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council. One of those signs was concern about melting snow running where it probably shouldn’t; another was an effort underway to inform more people abou ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts annual update

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

F. Mike Tuohy, representing the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) volunteer committee, addressed the city council at their April 14 meeting. He started the annual report with this big question. Where are we at with the Minnesota bonding bill? The a ..... 
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Celebrate World Red Corss Day by donating blood

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL. Minn. — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these h ..... 
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Rushford Village may see road petition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

April 1, the Rushford Village Council unanimously passed a 10-year plan for maintenance of several currently paved roadways following a carefully engineered survey of all of the city’s gravel, asphalt, and concrete roads. The council had previously ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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Houston Lions Club looks to place bandshell path

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held their monthly meeting on April 14. The meeting was chock-full of business before the council. The evening started off with Margaret Carlson representing the Hometown Pride community group. Carlson presented the counci ..... 
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