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Planning Commission approves two new subdivisions


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved two new housing subdivisions at its meeting last week, one in Amherst Township and one in Chatfield Township.The Secluded Land Company, DeSoto, Wisconsin, is developing the Amherst subdivision, located in section 25 in the area known as the Big Woods. This subdivision will contain four lots, three of which are about 10 acres each, the fourth about six acres.The subdivision was approved without any public opposition, but a discussion by the members of the planning commission led to the application of several conditions on the developer. The permit will state that future owners cannot further subdivide the lots into smaller lots, and the lot owners will be required to have garbage collection services and maintain their septic systems.The Chatfield subdivision, called Rivers Bend and located in section 14 of Chatfield Township, brought more opposition and a lot of questions from the planning board.Apparently, the subdivision slipped through the new Chatfield Township zoning process because the township did not respond to the applicant within the 10 days required by law. The subdivision may not have been approved by the township because it contains over 40 percent soils with greater than a 65 crop equivalency rating, as well as bluffs and shoreline restrictions. One Chatfield township board supervisor, Ross Goldsmith, explained to the planning commission that the township clerk had failed to bring the application before the board in time for it to respond. The township is required to respond to the applicant within 10 days on whether the application is in order, but the board only meets monthly. Mr. Goldsmith pointed out to the Fillmore County planners that the subdivision plat as presented by Mr. Geoffrey Griffin, the engineer representing the developers, would not have passed the township’s subdivision requirements because of the soil restrictions, the bluff requirements, and the shoreline restrictions. The property fronts the Root River. The Fillmore County zoning ordinance requires subdivisions that contain a bluff impact area to follow Planned Unit Development requirements, a stricter process. Mr. Griffin agreed to remove the bluff and shoreline areas from within the subdivision boundaries, making them un-platted areas that the lot buyers will purchase separately.But the planning commissio .....
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Where does a Twin Cities celebrity go to retire?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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For Jan Smaby, the answer was obvious: Fillmore County.

"I knew from a young age if I ever got the chance to live in southeastern Minnesota permanently, I would do it," she said.

Smaby retired last year fro ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: OFFSET to help establish setback distances for odor control

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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"This tool is site specific. It will measure setbacks from feedlots to city limits,” stated Feedlot Officer Michael Frauenkron as he briefed county commissioners on Tuesday on new technology used to measure odor and determine setback limits. OFFSET: ..... 
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Commissioners review department budgets

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The county board, as part of their budget review process, met with a number of department heads on Tuesday.  •Recorder’s Office. Recorder Richard Mensink informed the board that for every document the office updates and files ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Felony Charges

•Six area men were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 11, with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on March 2, 2003. [Read the Rest]

Ostrander open meeting law challenge goes to court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The first jury trial to take place in the temporary courtroom set up in Chatfield City Hall will concern a suit brought by Mark Schumann, Jim Start and 40 other citizens from Ostrander against former Ostrander mayor Victor Feine and former council me ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Harmony discusses tax-free zone

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority, outlined a new project the state hopes will help fuel the rural areas’ economy called Job Opportunity Building Zone. The intent of the zone is to provide tax breaks to encourage expansion and new business g ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Possible New “JOBZ” for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council took advantage of the chance to participate in a multi-county Job Opportunity Building Zone application at their August 11th meeting. JOBZ, a marketing tool of the state of Minnesota, has a goal of stimulating development in ..... 
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Preston Mayor claims open meeting law violated by council

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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When the Preston City Council meets tonight it will have one more issue to debate: the open meeting law.

In a letter to the Preston City Council dated August 11, 2003, Preston Mayor David Pechulis claimed that City Administrator ..... 
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