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Commission looks at zoning changes


Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2001

The Fillmore County Planning Commission met in a work session on Friday, January 19th, to discuss several proposed amendments to the county Zoning Ordinance.

While some of the proposed amendments are of small significance, such as conforming to a state statute requirement to give notification of a variance hearing to neighbors within 500 feet vs. the county’s ordinance requirement of 350 feet, some of the changes proposed could be significant to many landowners.

Subdivisions

Last summer, the Fillmore County Planning Commission asked eight citizens to serve on a volunteer committee to make recommendations on changes that might be needed in the County Subdivision Ordinance. Zoning Ordinance Amendment 2001-F is a result of that committee’s findings and recommends more restrictive changes to the subdivision requirements.

Current zoning law allows one 12-lot subdivision per section in the rural Ag District. The proposed change would prohibit subdivisions that are not within 1/2 mile of a municipality. The amendment would require the streets of the subdivision be hard-topped and the road that connects the subdivision to the city must also be a paved road. There would also have to be at least one thru road in each subdivision, eliminating the single cul-de-sac type of subdivision characterized in rural development.

The 12-lot cap would be lifted on this proposed change, but the minimum lot size in this 1/2 mile zone outside the municipality would remain at the current size of 2.5 acres.

The timeliness of this proposed change is noteworthy, as the Lanesboro City Council is considering, at its meeting tonight, an application for a proposed 3-lot subdivision in Holt Township that would fall outside of that 1/2 mile limit. State law allows municipalities to enforce their subdivision ordinance on all subdivisions proposed within two miles of their boundaries.

Rock Quarries

Of other significant importance is the proposed Zoning Amendment 2001-H which would remove the five-year renewal process for permitted rock quarries. This change would result in the elimination of the automatic public hearings that are triggered at permit renewal time.

According to the amendment 2001-H document, the zoning office is seeking to find a way that the public hearings could be eliminated, so that the commission could "get through this process without all the controversy a .....
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Election 2000:

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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One for the history booksBy Al MathisonMonday, November 13, 2000

Fillmore County voters turned out in large numbers last Tuesday, November 7. The auditor’s department reported that as of 7 a.m. on Election Day there were1 ..... 
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Sam goes visiting

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 1, 2001

People have been telling me about how much the residents of nursing homes love to see pets such as dogs and cats, so I thought that it would be nice if Sam and I paid them a visit. It was a couple of days after Christma ..... 
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The Gift of Life

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, December 18, 2000

When the phone rang at three a.m. last Monday morning, my husband Joe sat straight up out of a deep sleep, "Baby time," he said.

With one foot on the floor, he then heard me saying, "Yes, you can dry ginger a ..... 
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Up In Smoke

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

Lately, there have been many commercials by teenagers on a crusade against smoking. They sight that “Big Tobacco” companies have targeted underaged smokers by using cartoon mascots, supporting high school sporting even ..... 
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Winter Birds

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 22, 2000

January 1, 2001: We hear birds singing and see activity in fir trees as we drive slowly past a farm bordering the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Dana Gardner and I are participating in the Whitewater Christ ..... 
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What’s In A Name?

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 8, 2001

While it may not have mattered much to Romeo’s Juliet, names are of paramount importance to those working in the biological sciences. Naturally, in the absence of names a discussion on virtually any topic would prove at ..... 
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Escape from America

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess I’m a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like it’s going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Rural Free Delivery

Fri, Jan 19th, 2001
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Monday, January 15, 2001

When it is seventeen minutes past noon, it is time for us to get the mail. Most of the time we can set our clocks by our mail delivery person who is very punctual. I once commented to him regarding his remarkable punct ..... 
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