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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code edition for 2014. The new edition may not directly highlight changes, but the updates are likely related to changes in and referencing state statutes. The update provided a suitable opportunity to further discuss clarification of why the city opted to use basic code, except for its zoning and chicken ordinances.

Mayor Jennifer Wood explained to the council that the code was adopted through a series of legal consultation by the League of Minnesota Cities specifically to assist small communities. In addition, the code is often more enforceable that existing ordinances in some cases.

Other points of discussion related to zoning included seeking clarification and definition of ordinances and/or basic code guidelines on sexually-oriented businesses, a private matter related to a purported land encroachment, variances on property, potential changes to commercial land ordinance, and rezoning land from commercial to residential and residential to industrial, as the city seeks to map out zoning areas within the city.

Also discussed was the need for clarification on livestock within the city. With property that is currently for sale, which has a currently conditional use permit allowing horses, it has come to light that that permit may not be transferred to new owners. The city zoning ordinance does not allow livestock within the city, excepting chickens. Conditional Use guidelines also do not allow for livestock, but basic code does. The council felt this could open the city’s three agricultural areas to unwanted types of livestock operations. A subcommittee will be formed to discuss verbage to clarify and allow, if approved, limits on number and type of livestock in agricultural areas, and the minimum distance to adjacent properties.

With land currently for sale within the city, the council also took the time to discuss what it envisions for future development, if any. “It’s a tough discussion, but it’s an important discussion,” noted Mayor Wood. “We have no room to grow.”

“I’m intrigued by the idea to develop growth within the city limits,” added Councilor Dave Colbenson. “There are a lot of possibilities. The opportunity is there. W .....
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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better ..... 
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Peterson talks chicken, ordinance enforcement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

A city-wide garbage cleanup day is scheduled, but nuisance properties in Peterson may see more cleanup than they anticipated if non-compliance continues. At the May 14 meeting, the council continued discussion on zoning updates and the best route to ..... 
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Peterson approves assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

For some months, the city of Peterson has been pouring over the details of a proposed assessment policy in regards to the 2015 County 25 project. The council had previously discussed setting the cost share at 50 percent city and 50 percent property o ..... 
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Peterson stands by detachment decision

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Continuing a discussion that has caused some uncomfortable discourse between the City of Peterson and the City of Rushford Village, Peterson has reaffirmed its January 15 decision to deny a detachment request from residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Sma ..... 
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Peterson weighs effects of assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 road reconstruction project isn’t slated until 2015, the City of Peterson is wasting no time lining up all the details of the massive undertaking. A shared project with the county, the city is getting some relief on the large price t ..... 
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Peterson preps assessment policy, appoints new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With the feasibility study on the 2015 County 25 project completed, the City of Peterson needs to hammer out an assessment policy before the final design work is done. An assessment policy will be needed because general obligation bonds funding the ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Peterson denies detachment request, councilor resigns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Peterson resident Alan Lipowitz and his attorney Tom Murphy were on hand at the Wednesday, January 9 council meeting, to respond to any questions regarding he and his wife, Jan Smaby’s, request for detachment from the city. The duo is seeking anne ..... 
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