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County puts moratorium on campgrounds, PUDs, and subdivisions


Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - In a move that took many by surprise, the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted four to one to put in place a 12 month moratorium on the development and expansion of campgrounds, planned unit developments (PUDS) and subdivisions in the county.

Commissioners Duane Bakke and Chuck Amunrud proposed the moratorium saying that the Planning Commission needed time to work out inconsistencies in the zoning ordinance and reconcile them with the newly adopted comprehensive plan.

The two board members are part of a seven member Planning Commission sub-committee tasked with reviewing zoning ordinances. Other members of the sub-committee include Norman Craig, Cristal Atkins, Brett Corson, Steve Duxbury, and Mike Tuohy as chairman.

Bakke spoke about the many inconsistencies in the ordinance.

"Campgrounds are organized as PUDs; a campground can be developed in the flood plain; there are no limits on the number of houses in a PUD; subdivisions have to have 2 1/2 acre plots; you can't have a subdivision on a gravel road, but you can have a PUD on a gravel road," Bakke said. "These and other questions need reviewing."

Bakke said that on a personal level he has concerns about development in the Root River Valley and along the Scenic Byway.

Amunrud said that the language needs to be more defined, so that the rules are better 'spelled out.'

Bakke noted that at present there are no applications being considered for these three type of developments. Therefore, he sees it as a good time to impose a moratorium for a maximum of twelve months.

"This way we can be proactive and not reactive to some development activity," Bakke said.

Bakke expects that the ordinance review could be done by late summer allowing for the lifting of the moratorium sooner.

Chairman Marc Prestby asked why subdivisions should be included as they are required to be developed along a hard surface road and are limited to twelve homes. Bakke argued that the rules for all three are intertwined and they all need reviewing.

Zoning Administrator Norm Craig noted that this will have no effect on anyone who wants to build a single family home. Commissioner Randy Dahl expressed a need for development to go ahead in the "right way" and agreed with the need to study the effects of future development.

While the discussion on the moratorium did not reference any specific development, problems with campground exp .....
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County puts moratorium on campgrounds, PUDs, and subdivisions

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - In a move that took many by surprise, the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted four to one to put in place a 12 month moratorium on the development and expansion of campgrounds, planned unit developments (PUDS) and subdivisions in the co ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Mierau leaves big shoes to fill in Rushford

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The January 22nd meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a moment of silence honoring the memory of former Council member Ron Mierau. His chair remained empty throughout the meeting as the council attempted to fill the vacancy he ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Public hearing set for Emergency Management Ordinance

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Veteran Services/Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske reviewed a draft for the Fillmore County Ordinance at the January 23 county board meeting. The ordinance is required by the state and the draft has been reviewed by the county attorney and ..... 
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County Board in brief

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Treasurer Balances

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter presented and received approval for the designated and reserve balances as of December 31, 2006. Boelter questioned the board about the nearly one million dollars in the building fund balance ..... 
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No action taken on Lanesboro land split

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Cold temperatures and slippery streets didn't keep visitors away from the Lanesboro City Council meeting January 16. A proposed lot split of the Randy Reynolds property brought neighbors Everett and Betty Johnson and Bucky Rogers, as wel ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston fire department changes approved

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

Outgoing fire chief Kurt Reicks detailed modifications requested by the Preston Fire Department (PFD) at the January 16 Preston City Council meeting. Reicks, who is also the Mayor, asked that the council approve Jerry Olson to be the new fire chief, ..... 
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ATV trail discussed

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Brian Kroning, president of the Bluff Country ATV Club, addressed the county board at its regular January 9 meeting. The club which is based in Rushford has been asked by seven land owners to partner with them to "convert the current ATV/M ..... 
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Frugal measures save Rushford thousands

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council turned routine, start-of-the-year choices into a money saving situation when they opted to solicit RFPs (request for proposals) before designating a financial institution. At their meeting January 8, the council ..... 
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