7/24/2020 11:36:00 AM County Board spends time on land use permits, plats
A number of small sized subdivisions got their approvals last week from the County Board. The County Commissioners also scheduled a special meeting for yesterday, July 22 to discuss COVID-19 CARES Act funds distribution and early budget numbers for next year. The Board was to meet at 9.a.m.
Last week; Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider gave the presentation containing recommendations on projects sent up from the county planning commission.
~ The application for “Shores of Little Lake” to allow four lots on 70 acres north of Center City was approved. Developer Jon Peterson is working with the Stig Larson Family and the Saueressig’s to prepare the plat with roads and make six lots, with four to be offered to builders and Peterson said he will retain two lots.
The street accessing the project will become 320th and be built to public standards.
~ A two-lot subdivision plat was OK’d for William Pfieffer, in Nessel Township.
~ A single, five acre lot was carved out for Steven and Patricia Hudak from a 30 acre parcel in Nessel on 522nd.
~ A Franconia Township plat was approved creating two lots for Kevin and Marcia Carlson. The lots are on Sawmill Avenue, off County Highway 243.
~ Developer Joe Charles will do a two lot plat on Oasis Road, Sunrise Township. Charles also got approval for three, five acre lots in Nessel Township, on Rush Lake Trail. Solar energy arrays continue to be proposed for Chisago County sites. Having been approved by township officials already-- arrays were approved last week: for the solar energy company IPS, which will erect an array at Tern Avenue and #37.
Edwin and Pamela Eichten got the okay for the array they are placing on County Road 37 through IPS Solar as well.
And, a decision for a permit for a home-based business under new “major” business conditions, was delayed.
Chisago County separated major business operations in rural areas from minor-impact home-based occupations, in a split vote authorizing the new zoning tool. (Commissioners Robinson and Montzka opposed.)
The smaller sized ‘home based business’ operations can get approval from staff in an administrative review, but those over a threshold need to be processed as a major home occupation permit.
As for David Wheeler’s application to grow his boat-related business near the county line, in Franconia Township, on Olinda Trail, storage is the major impediment. The county planning commission voted 5-2 to deny the major permit, as storage doesn’t really fit conditions. The site also houses a marine repair operation.
County officials held a public hearing and seven nearby property owners had concerns about business activity level and buildings proposed. The estimated total project involves 29,400 square feet of structure coverage on the site. Other comments were focused on operations that have been taking place without any permit for some time.
Wheeler said he was under the impression a Conditional Use Permit would allow storage when he purchased the parcel. He said he has 360 customers who he services for their dock/watercraft needs and if he could provide storage it would be a “one company does it all” package. He takes out and puts in boats as it is, from other locations where they are kept.
The county will extend Wheeler’s legal permit review time period for 60 days to continue to look at issues neighbors have. Wheeler was agreeable to the extension.