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September 25, 2021

8/27/2021 1:48:00 PM
County OK's Rural Retail; accepts Chavez resignation

Permits for rural retail business including do-it-yourself classes in the countryside were approved last week by the county commissioners.

A retreat location, offering DIY classes in everything from cooking to  crafts and B & B style limited overnight lodging, was okayed for an address on Lowden Avenue outside of Harris.  The permit had requested 50 guests for a “large events” maximum, but this was eliminated in communications with zoning staff and the applicants after the planning commission met.

Although the planning commission had suggested tabling and continued review— the commissioners approved the Conditional Use Permit  5-0 based on revised permit conditions presented.  

John and Katie Waldorf will call the business Sunrise Workshop LLC.

A pottery studio-outlet on  property where the potter resides was approved.  The parcel at 30208 Teal Avenue, outside of Taylors Falls, has been used for a once-yearly sale event, and Peter Jadoonath sought a rural retail Conditional Use Permit to continue studio use and for two sales events annually.

The Board approved a solar system for Innovative Power Systems at Teal Ave. and County Road 37.  

Property owners are Peter and Donna Lindgren.  This array project sits on 112 acre parcel.  It is now planned to be a tracking system, but originally came in as a “fixed’ panel array.

It passed 4-1 with Commissioner Chris DuBose opposed to the location.  

The county planning commission is also getting ready to finalize the draft of a new accessory structure ordinance.

Commissioners gave input on issues they want addressed. Now, the county doesn’t allow accessory buildings on properties unless there is a principle structure, but this is being revised to include accessory buildingsminus a dwelling in certain cases, like if a home foundation is installed.  There is also consideration of a time limit allowing an accessory structure,  if a dwelling is proposed to go up within a certain number of years.  The ordinance is  applied in PAT, Ag and AP districts.

There will be a public hearing October 7 on the language the planning commission develops.

The commissioners also regretfully accepted a resignation from the probation director Amy Chavez, effective November.  

Commissioner Mike Robinson stated, “She was good, she will be missed.”

This is a state position but the county commissioners and a committee of local officials,  including the sheriff and county attorney will have input to selecting finalists for the state to consider.

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