2017 January Planning & Zoning Minutes



The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Steve Kossett.   Present for the meeting were Chairman Kossett, Commission Members Kathy Meyer, Katie Vukelich, Biron Wipson, Bob Whitmyer, John Hegstrom, and Pete Branca, Zoning Administrator Teresa Koivula, Deputy Clerk Toni Blomdahl, City Councilor Suzanne Herstad, John Klaers Rice Lake City Planner from Klaers and Associates, and guests Greg Andrews, Bob Quade, and John Goman.

John H. made a motion to approve the November 15, 2016 meeting minutes with a second by Biron.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.  Bob made a motion to approve the November 29, 2016 work meeting minutes with a second by Kathy.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried.



Airport Master Plan: Teresa stated she has a copy of the Duluth Airport Master Plan which she will keep in her office if anyone wants to look at it.

John Klaers Planning and Associates: John Klaers shared the attached memo in reference to a meeting he had with Darrel Johnson, Pine Forest Properties, regarding a possible development on the corner of Stavanger and Martin Roads.  John stated Darrel is looking at building four fourplexes on this 5-acre parcel and after some discussion with Mike Couri and Teresa, it was decided it would have to be a Planned Unit Development (PUD).


Ordinance #22 Commercial Lot Coverage: Teresa showed the commission the proposed changes to commercial lot coverage in the dimensional standards chart as recommended by Mike Couri, City Attorney.  Toni showed the commission the parcel samples she did to represent 50% lot coverage on two different parcels with lot coverage containing just structures and lot coverage containing structures and impervious surfaces.  Greg stated the current 30% lot coverage was approved based off more parcels with septic systems but now that city sewer is available, that changes things.  Bob stated the county does now allow holding tanks for commercial operations so that is a factor as well.  John Klaers stated he encourages us to take some of the restrictions out of our ordinance to encourage development.  A motion was made by John H. to approve the commercial lot coverage to be 50% for unsewered and 60% for sewered parcels with the lot coverage definition to include structures and all impervious surfaces with a second by Bob.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried and the changes will be presented at a public hearing along with the other proposed changes to Ordinance #22.

Commercial Uses: Teresa showed the commission the chart she made with all the parcels along Rice Lake Rd noting what they are currently zoned and what their current use is.  John stated he thinks we should look at access points according to the county’s Access Management Plan, instead of rezoning the whole Rice Lake corridor to commercial and let it develop from there.

Commercial Parking Lots and Driveway Setbacks: Teresa stated our current Ordinance #22 does not require parking lots or driveways to meet setbacks.

New Business:

Lot Line Adjustment: Teresa shared a lot line adjustment she approved on the corner of Martin and Rice Lake Roads.

Joint Airport Zoning Board: Teresa stated she attended a MNDOT Airport Needs meeting on December 19, 2016 and noted she addressed our concerns for safety and the impact the zoning has on our commercial corridor. John Klaers stated the state is backing away from the cookie cutter approach for airport zoning in order to allow each community to adopt zoning to meet the needs of the community.  Suzanne noted not all surrounding communities shared the same concerns at the meeting so she liked they were pulling all the communities together to discuss their concerns.

Joint Airport Board of Adjustment: Teresa stated the next annual meeting for the joint airport board of adjustment will be held Monday, January 30th at 5:00 pm just to go over their bylaws.

Next Meeting Date: Steve stated the next Planning and Zoning meeting is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Having nothing further to discuss, Katie made a motion with a second by Biron to adjourn the meeting.  All vote in favor.  Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned.