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Chatfield moves to create new light commercial zoning district


Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

Kristi Clarke, consultant planner, explained the recommended addition of a new zoning district, B-3 (Light Commercial) at the Chatfield City Council's January 24 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent.

Clarke referred to the 2008 Comprehensive Plan, which established the direction of land use and development for 20 years, and sought to achieve and maintain a balance between competing land uses. Almost a year ago the city purchased nine properties located along the north side of Industrial Drive west of Hillside Drive. They are now zoned B-2 (Neighborhood Commercial), but are designated for use as Light Commercial to make them more compatible with adjacent residential uses. The B-3 designation would fall between B-2 and Residential districts.

Multi-family residential uses were included early on, but later removed as they were considered not to be compatible with the existing industrial properties nearby.

The EDA, Planning and Zoning, and city staff have all recently recommended that the city council review and take action on creating a new B-3 (Light Commercial) zoning district. There have also been recommendations that a row of trees be planted at the back of the property line when financially feasible to screen commercial uses from the nearby residential neighborhood.

If the Zoning Ordinance is amended to include the B-3 district, then the city will go through the application process to have the properties owned by the city along Industrial Drive rezoned to B-3 (Light Commercial). Light Commercial would provide for twelve permitted uses and four conditional uses. Language was included under conditional uses that would allow for non-specified uses that would qualify in the opinion of the planning commission. This would make the ordinance more flexible, possibly allowing light commercial uses the planning commission failed to envision and include.

The council took the first step to adopt an amendment establishing a B-3 district by approving and authorizing publication of the draft. A public hearing date was set for February 14, 2011.

Annual Report of Building Activity

Clarke went through the 2010 activities of the planning and zoning department including the drafting of the B-3 text described above. The planning commission recommended the building height standard edits which were approved by the city council last February.

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Spring Valley hears report from Ambulance Director

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government



The major piece of business for the Spring Valley City Council was approval to purchase a new truck. Mayor Struzyk said that there has been a need for a truck that is small enough to plow alleys and downtown. The criteria, according to Chad ..... 
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Community service officers report to commissioners

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

Veteran Services Officer Nate Pike and Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens delivered an annual report to the county commissioners at their January 25 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase and Sheriff Daryl Jensen were absent as they were attending the seco ..... 
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Preston joins MnWARN

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Government

Public Works Director Bill Cox detailed information about the formal emergency response program in the state. The council adopted a resolution to sign on to the mutual aid agreement at their January 18 meeting.

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Harmony continues discussion on buying local

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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There was much discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting regarding a purchasing policy for the city. After a visit from Kerry Kingsley last month regarding buying locally, the council approved a new policy that outlines what the council ..... 
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January Canton City Council

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on January 5, 2011, with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. One guest was also present: Barb Kerns. The fi ..... 
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Former Chatfield School Superintendent takes Mayor's Oath

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Don Hainlen at the Chatfield City Council's January 10 meeting. All other councilor's took the oath of office including new councilor Russ Smith who has served on the council in the past ..... 
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County revisits bridge concerns

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

After completing work on a relatively light agenda, county commissioners at their January 11 meeting again discussed the county's bridges. The discussion was sparked by an article in the Rochester Post Bulletin that appeared in their January 10 issu ..... 
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Rep. Davids authors bill to phase out corporate tax

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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ST. PAUL - The Tax Foundation recently confirmed what many business owners who have looked to expand or relocate their companies to this state have long known: Minnesota has an awful business climate.

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