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Planning & Zoning ready to tackle new issues in 2003


Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission held their first meeting of the new year on Thursday, January 23. About 30 people braved the cold temperatures to listen to commission members talk about zoning issues that the group will likely address in 2003. The commission took no action on these items at their meeting.

•Cooperative Land Develop-ment. Todd Juzwiak and Eva Barr of rural Wykoff addressed the commission about the possibility of creating a zoning classification for multi-dwelling cooperative land holdings in rural areas. According to Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig, this would be different from requirements for a subdivision or a planned unit of development. Winona County has some rural housing developments that are similar in structure to what is envisioned.

Similar to housing coops and townhouses in urban areas, the land is owned by the cooperative and members are allowed to build homes on the property. Infrastructure, including roads, utilities, septic systems and wells would be developed by the cooperative.

While each home would be owned by the individual, it could only be sold to another individual who had been pre-approved by the cooperative. According to Juzwiak, there are lending institutions that will finance mortgages for homes in land development cooperatives.

Juzwiak said that they would like to begin discussions with the Planning Commission to develop this concept, which he envisioned being limited to five dwellings.

Some of the discussion from commission members centered on how this might be applicable for Amish farms as well as for family farms where there is an incentive to cluster homes together.

•Country Inns. Fran Scibora of Berwood Hill Inn near Preston has been working with Craig on language that would distinguish a Country Inn from a Bed & Breakfast.

In the past, Berwood has catered large groups for weddings and dinners, which does not fall within the allowable uses for a bed &breakfast under the Fillmore County Zoning Ordinance.

Craig presented a draft ordinance for Country Inns modeled after a similar ordinance in Maryland. Under this classification, Country Inns would be allowed to provide facilities for catering banquets, weddings, receptions, reunions and similar one day events.

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Lanesboro City Council: Short meeting as promised

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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Mayor Steven Rahn had vowed to keep short the second meeting of each month and he certainly delivered on that promise at the Lanesboro City Council meeting Tuesday night. In less than an hour Rahn and the council dispensed with the business before th ..... 
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Preston City Council: Recreation Center gets go ahead

Fri, Jan 24th, 2003
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The Preston City Council voted at their meeting Tuesday night to hire Crescendo Consulting of Winona to organize a capital campaign to raise $3 million for a new Recreation Center. The 34,000 square foot facility, which will be built adjacent to the ..... 
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Lack of snow gets mixed reaction

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

Up until a week ago, the brown monotony of ground cover could make Fillmore County residents forget they were smack dab in the middle of winter. Die-hard golfers were hitting the links at several of the area golf courses, homemakers were hanging thei ..... 
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County, DNR agree on trout stream easement

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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As bitter winter winds rapped against the courthouse windows on Tuesday morning, Steve Klotz of the DNR talked to County Commissioners about trout fishing on the Root River. In particular, Klotz was interested in a proposed trout stream easement that ..... 
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Competition cheerleading comes to Fillmore Central

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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Cheerleading is a sport.

As simple as this statement may seem, a controversy about it rages in high school hallways and gym bleachers. Those who argue that it is a sport point out that cheerleading stunts and formations require ..... 
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In the “eyes of the law”

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
Posted in Features

When my niece asked my wife and I if she and her fiance could get married on our farm this summer, we were thrilled and honored to be asked. Megan and her boyfriend, Chris, said that they were planning a small, quiet wedding with friends and family a ..... 
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Housing Study completed in Fillmore County

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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A comprehensive housing study of Fillmore County, commissioned by Bluff Country HRA, was unveiled at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 14.

The report, conducted by Maxfield Research of Minneapolis, presents a picture of the ..... 
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Harmony Council sorts through administrator applications

Fri, Jan 17th, 2003
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The Harmony City Council moved forward with the sorting of applications for the vacated city administrator position at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Joel Dhein had given his notice at the December meeting, saying he had accepted a position in Mora, MN, ..... 
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