10/12/2017 10:24:00 AM Public hearing set on brew pub, buffer law for Oct. 18
The county is advancing a couple of issues to the public hearing stage. In action last week, the Board authorized dates for the planning commission to review applications for a new business tax abatement, a new ‘buffer’ law local ordinance and to look into revising the minimum lot size allowing for housing with individual septic systems.
The abatement is a process where the county is being asked to agree to helping a new brewery-event center in getting off the ground. Chisago City already approved its role abating property tax of $35,000 maximum.
The public hearing for the county to take action is October 18.
The county Economic Development Authority recommends tax abatement for Lakes Brewing Company beginning 2018 for pay-2019 taxes. The assessor has estimated the new business, when the building(s) are completely rehabbed, will generate $27,000 with the county’s share $10,000. This is being requested to be fully abated for a maximum of five years or a total of $50,000 aid.
Lakes Brewing is in a unique position in that the land it’s locating to has been city-owned and didn’t generate taxes. Future property tax revenue totals won’t be impacted by redirecting these amounts back into the project, as there were no revenues originally.
Solstice Properties, buyers of the site, have estimated the rehab at $300,000 according to information the county EDA reviewed. The partners-- Brad Klatt, Mark Skoglund and John Carveau said they looked in Isanti and Chisago counties, and Chisago City’s old fire hall and community center structures rose to the top.
The hearing on the buffer law was set for October 18, at the County Board meeting room. Kurt Schneider, director of environmental services, said in a memo that adopting the new buffer rules will bring $50,000 annually to the county through state riparian aid funding, to help with costs locally.
The state legislature in 2015 approved boosting environmental protection with enactment of buffer strip requirements on public waters and county ditches. By November the public ditches have to have a 16.5 foot wide buffer vegetation and public waterways also have to have 50 foot wide no disturb buffer zones. A great number of affected Chisago county parcels do have these established, Schneider noted. The hearing October 18 will review the language and adopt a local ordinance to meet state law.
And, the commissioners also forwarded to the planning commission the duty to review lot size for individual septic systems. The planning commission starts the review as soon as practical. A draft ordinance would eventually be produced for county commissioners to analyze.
A couple of citizens commented on the negative aspect of the county’s one acre buildable standard for new lots and at the Board meeting Sept 20 commissioners supported Commissioner Mike Robinson asking to officially send it to the planning commission.