8/30/2013 10:09:00 AM Housing permit
numbers double in county from last year
by DENISE MARTIN
Revenues from new home starts have already hit the one year benchmark set for the county zoning department and there’s four months left in the year. Kurt Jensen Schneider, Zoning and Environmental Services Administrator, said the county has had 56 permits pulled for new home construction compared to 25 for all of last year.
The county commissioners last week approved more potential construction in okaying the Stegmeier preliminary plat for one 10-acre site to be split, from a larger ag property in Amador Township. And, two lots were approved for Donald Johnson at 34564 Park Trail making way for one new homesite. (Chair Ben Montzka abstained due to conflict of interest.) Blue Waters Leisure Park, north of Lindstrom, is also expanding-- but only within its recreational vehicle campgrounds.
The County Board was told the 15 extra lots were improved for occupancy a while ago; but the expansion was delayed while the Pollution Control Agency and the park owners worked on compliance issues with the on-site wastewater treatment. The Board was told the MNPCA is now okay with the 15 new sites. There will be 95 RV campsites total at Blue Waters with this approval. This action doesn’t impact the number of manufactured home lots at Blue Waters. The Board of Adjustment (where you appeal zoning decisions) met July 25 and approved two variance applications. Thomas Wolfe, Cornelian Blvd. can add a deck closer to the road and creek than required for setback.
Dale Ev. Free Church on Brunswick Road was okayed to add onto the church closer to the rear property line than setback allows. Schneider also updated the commissioners on the Comprehensive Parks and Trails Plan. The plan is over 10 years old and will be revised in coming months. There will surveys taken of park users, public meetings, etc. There’s about 30 pages drafted of the plan at this time. Another flowage easement was negotiated with Keith and Leanne Mills, on Cty. Rd. #80. The Lake Improvement District (LID) budget will pay the $6,400 easement acquisition.