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Public comment period extended on Crow Wing County’s proposed Zoning Ordinance

Posted on: November 17th, 2010 by Brainerd Lakes Chamber

Crow Wing County officials have extended the comment period on the proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance. The deadline has been moved to Monday, Dec. 20. As a result, no official action by the Planning Commission or the Crow Wing County Board is expected yet this year.

The county also has announced two public informational sessions on Nov. 23 about the proposed changes. The morning session will be 9-11 a.m. and the afternoon session will be 1-3 p.m. in the Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St. in Brainerd. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Vickie Sullivan at (218) 824-1298 or vickie.sullivan@co.crow-wing.mn.us by Monday, Nov. 22.

According to the county, the intent of the meetings “will be to make clear to the public the proposed Zoning Ordinance revisions. These meetings will provide the public the necessary information to submit comments to the county regarding the proposed ordinance revision. These meetings are not intended to discuss why certain ordinance revisions are being proposed but to explain the Zoning Ordinance revisions. All comments regarding the ordinance revision will be reserved for the comment period and the public hearings before the Planning Commission and County Board…”

The proposed revisions to the County Zoning Ordinance include new performance-based zoning standards for lake lots in Crow Wing County. The revisions include changes in the number and type of zoning districts, in the allowable impervious surface area, and in stormwater management, among other changes.

Written comments on the proposed changes may be e-mailed to the Land Services Department at environmental.services@co.crow‐wing.mn.us or mailed to 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd, MN 56401. The ordinance revisions, which are part of the County’s Future Land Use Map Project, can be viewed on the County website at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/planning___zoning/index.html.

After the comment period deadline, county staff will compile and analyze the public comments over a 30- to 60-day period. A public hearing then will be scheduled before the Crow Wing County Planning Commission. Following any action or recommendation by the Planning Commission, the Crow Wing County Board then would host a final public hearing before taking action on the proposed ordinance.

Kathi Nagorski, Public Relations & Special Events Coordinator
Brainerd Lakes Chamber

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