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June 19, 2018

5/24/2018 3:47:00 PM
Solar array, kennel approved by board

The developer of a solar energy facility on the Wagner parcel, on Olinda Trail, had the permit application ruled complete by county staff before solar arrays became regulated as Interim Use Permits-- so last week the County Board approved the array as a Conditional Use Permit.  

The Wagner solar power array is being developed by Community Energy Solar LLC, based in Colorado. It’s on 11 acres being leased from the owner and the site is 40 acres total.
The County Board voted 5-0 to okay the permit with zero discussion.

There was also an Interim Use Permit for a commercial kennel, on 492nd Street in Nessel Township,  approved  on a 5-0 vote.  

The kennel owner has actually been operating the enterprise for a while and said she was unaware of the permit needed.  Sandra Achterling raises miniature American Eskimo dogs.  
The Interim Use Permit (which differs from a conditional use permit in the fact that CUP is attached to the land, and an IUP expires when the user who got the  permit ceases to operate)  authorizes 24 dogs on the parcel, the hours of operation and restrictions on kennel operations.  Staff made note of the fact the kennel business never generated any complaints.

In pending applications, ~ Rush Haven Resort campgrounds in Nessel Township is on the county planning commission agenda, Thursday, June 7 to “re-establish” 39 campsites.
~ The demolition debris disposal site in Rushseba Township, run by DKV Demolition Debris, will ask to expand.

~ A “residential” dog kennel request for 11 animals based on the applicant’s home property in Nessel Township, on Evergreen Court, is coming up for review.  Applicant is Susan Wagner.

~ And, even though Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider noted for the Board that there are seven fewer house construction permits from this time last year.  The zoning department revenue, though,  is already above 50 percent of what was projected to be income, at $384,380,  essentially a couple months ahead of budget.

Chisago County Board of Adjustment has a few appeals justifying calling a meeting.  

Gregg Radefeldt is looking to be allowed to add onto his house at Old Holt’s Beach 29540 Glader, beyond what’s allowed for lot line setback.  

The Wolfes are also asking to be allowed to put a second story on their house closer to the lake and lot line than required. This is at 51925 belle Isle Drive in Nessel.  

And, another second story addition for a house in the historic Franconia Town 29137 Summer Street, and closer to Lawrence Creek than allowed, is being heard.
Board of Adjustment meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at the Government Center.

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