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Residences in Chatfield Commercial District, a Conditional Use Only


Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

Kristi Clarke, Planning and Zoning, reviewed three text amendment recommendations to Chapter 113 of the city’s Zoning Ordinance at the city council’s May 28 meeting.

The amendment causing the most controversy during debate and during a public hearing was a possible amendment to the General Commercial District (B-1) or the downtown commercial district. There was a request to allow residential uses above and below commercial establishments. The greatest concerns involved parking and safety standards.

The use analysis of the building space on Main Street showed that 54 percent of the space is used for commercial purposes and 46 percent for residential purposes. There are 31 upper story apartments. Residents park in the alleys or in private lots and commercial parking is available on Main Street. Parking space is limited.

Residential use was moved from the permitted use section to the conditional use section, which will allow the city to review a residential use request on a case by case basis and allow the city to put conditions on the use. The city will now be able to assess parking availability. A residential use will require a parking stall off main street.

Two other amendments were recommended. In the Light Commercial District (B-3) an additional condition is proposed to be added which would require pole buildings to be subject to screening, appearance, height and size requirements.

After a resident in the B-1 (commercial district) asked about building a detached garage, Clarke realized the setbacks used in commercial and industrial zones for accessory buildings would not work well in this residential neighborhood. The amendment would place standards for residential uses in a non-conforming zone (in the commercial district) in compliance with residential uses, if the property is being used for residential purposes.

The council voted to authorize the city attorney to draft an ordinance reflecting the proposed amendments.

City Clerk Joel Young noted that there has been an effort for several years to dedicate a public right of way that is serving as Root River Street in west Chatfield, Minn. One property owner has requested that the city vacate a small portion of the existing right of way which isn’t used by the public and then the property owner would sign off on the paperwork to dedicate the public right of way. The council voted to authorize the city .....
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Birth Announcement - Weston William Benson

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

Kacie Deyo of San Diego, Calif. is proud to announce the birth of her son on May 17, 2013. He weighed 7 lbs. and was 20 1/2 inches. Grandparents are Mick and Michelle Juenger of Yukon, Okla. and Darwin Deyo, Chatfield, Minn. Great-grandparents are A ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses technology integration

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge The Chatfield School Board met Monday, May 20 for its regular monthly meeting. Many items were discussed before school adjourns for the summer. The board heard from the district’s new activity director Dan Schindler who i ..... 
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Harriet Louise Mordal

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Harriet Louise Mordal, 91, of Chatfield, Minn. died Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Harriet Louise Peterson was born August 21, 1921, to Edward and Olga (Olerud) Peterson. She attended Lanesboro High School, ..... 
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Margaret Jane Luedtke

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Margaret Jane “Marjane” Luedtke, 83, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at her home in Chatfield, Minn. Marjane was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Rochester, Minn. She was the daughter of Louis and Mary (Stokes) Bradt. She graduated from Chatfield High S ..... 
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Raymond Henry Kirtz

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Raymond H. Kirtz, 71, of Chatfield, Minn. died Tuesday at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, after a brave battle with cancer. He leaves a legacy of selfless care, bright humor and deep compassion. Ray will be grieved and missed by many. Ra ..... 
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Lucille Bronstad

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Lucille Ann (Hanson) Bronstad, 82, beloved wife of Melvin Bronstad for 62 years, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Chosen Valley Health Care in Chatfield, Minn. Lucille was born October 30, 1930, to Mary Katherine (Kral) Hanson and Christopher C. ..... 
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Vivian Muriel Thompson

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Vivian Muriel Thompson, 93, of Chatfield Minn., died Saturday, May 11, 2013. Vivian was born May 3, 1920, in Chatfield to Ernest and Nellie (Schroeder) Engle. She graduated from Chatfield High School with the class of 1937. On Sept. 3, 1953 she ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward to create Capital Improvement Plan

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner City engineer David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, discussed the process to create a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) at the Chatfield City Council’s May 13 meeting. Councilors Paul Novotny and Robert Pederson were absent. The city ..... 
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