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Peterson council looks to commercial zoning issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson Planning Commission continues its efforts to update the city zoning ordinance and has run into its fair share of hiccups along the way. At the Wednesday, October 14 city council meeting, commission member and councilor Loren Rue stated an issue had arisen with regulations on properties that are residential, but zoned commercial.

Two properties in particular, the former gas station at 225 Mill Street and the former bank, at 411 Mill Street, are currently out of compliance due to current ordinance language. As it’s currently written, the city ordinance allows for living quarters in a commercial district if the living space is on the second floor of the property. The properties in question are both single story and both residential only, although the bank, which is currently for sale, formerly served as a tenth room to the Wenneson Inn prior to its sale in 2014.

City Clerk Megan Boyum has already met the with property owners about the situation. In both instances, the owners want to stay within commercial zoning. To do this, the city would either need to rewrite the ordinance to allow residential occupation of the first floor of commercial properties or issue Conditional Use Permits (CUP) to the properties. A CUP, once issued, is typically not time dated and may be transferrable with the sale of a property.

Councilor Gail Boyum also discussed the option of allowing first floor residences in commercial properties, so long as those properties maintain a storefront. Councilor Rue questioned the fairness to other business properties of allowing for some to seek permits to allow residency. “Aren’t we getting into making more exception to the rule?” he asked. Councilor Dick Lee also questioned that motive, cautioning the council to stay away from different stipulations for different properties, although the city doesn’t want to restrict the possible sale of properties by doing so.

Clerk Boyum noted that no commercial property within is being bought and sold in rapid succession and that perhaps residency with storefront fits the reality of the city’s commercial district. The issue will be discussed further by the Planning Commission before being brought back to the council with formal recommendation. The properties currently out of compliance will remain so until the time the city decides to reword the ordinance or require a CUP, a $400 per property cost. A number of meetings and a pub .....
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NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson Notice is hereby given that the council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015 at City Hall, 118 Fillmore Street to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessment for Improvement No. 2015-2, th ..... 
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NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson Notice is hereby given that the council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015 at City Hall, 118 Fillmore Street to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessment for Improvement No. 2015-1, th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson groundbreaking ceremony

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EC-12th grade school to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at R-P Schools Niggle Field. In November, 2014, Rushford-Peterson Schools held a refer ..... 
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Knowledge and positivity: cancer’s biggest opponents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Features

Carol Johnson never thought it would happen to her. Cancer. The 62-year young rural Peterson woman reflects on her 2014 diagnosis and recovery with positivity, but admits she never saw it coming. A healthy, active woman, Carol credits early detect ..... 
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Peterson Middle School Repurposing Meeting

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Legals

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating with ideas for the repurposing of the Peterson Middle School on Monday, October 5 at 7:00pm in the Middle School Lunch Room. Architect David Kane with Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

In the Monday, September 28, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal it was stated in the article “Lawsuit started against R-P School District” that the meeting for redeveloping the Peterson Middle School is October 12 at 7 p.m. It is actually ..... 
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Bid award for R-P School draws large crowd, further debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

As expected, the Monday, September 28 special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board drew in more than 60 residents, including a dozen children with their parents. The meeting was set to review bids for the construction of the new early child ..... 
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Engagement - Jacobson ~ Rein

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Kenneth and Helen Jacobson of Peterson announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristi Jacobson, to Josh Rein, son of John and Sandra Rein of Lanesboro. The bride to be is a graduate from Rochester Community and Technical ..... 
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