Minutes August 27, 2018


August 27, 2018


1. Jeanne Pietig called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Other members present were Ken Jacob, Gayle Gillespie, Jon Beckman, John Lubinski, and Rich Hall.

2. Motion by Gillespie/Lubinski to remove items 6 and 7 from the agenda and to approve as amended. Motion carried.

3. Motion by Gillepsie/Jacob to approve the minutes for the July 23, 2018 meeting. Motion carried.

4. Motion by Pietig/Gillespie to open the public hearing for the application submitted by Mark and Gary Leitzen requesting to rezone parcel 09.00077.00 from A-3 to A-1 for the purpose of allowing the operating a sand and gravel pit through a Conditional Use Permit. The property is located in Section 9, Township 109 North, Range 14 West, Town of Mazeppa. Motion carried.

5. Motion by Gillespie/Beckman to close the public hearing. Motion carried.

6. Motion by Beckman/Gillespie to forward the request to the County Board of Commissioners with a recommendation that the CUP be denied based upon six findings. Roll Call vote: Lubinski-nay; Jacob-aye; Pietig-aye; Gillespie-aye; Beckman-aye. Motion carried on a 4-1 vote. The six findings are as follows:

• The request is to rezone one parcel to the A-1 district and creates an island where the proposed use of the property as a gravel and sand pit is in direct conflict with adjacent properties that are zoned differently to allow for more residential use.

• The request to rezone the property to the A-1 district is for the intended purpose of allowing the landowner to apply for a CUP to operate a gravel and sand pit on the property. The intended use of the A-1 district is to maintain, conserve, and enhance agricultural lands that have been historically valuable for crop production, pastureland, and natural habitat for plant and animal life. The request to rezone for the purpose of operating a gravel and sand pit will significantly alter the land on the property and is in direct conflict with the purpose established for the A-1 Zoning District.

• The applicant has not provided proof that that even with the rezone that the proposed conditional use can adhere to all the requirements of the Wabasha County Zoning Ordinance.

• The application conflicts with the goals of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Comprehensive Plan Map.

• The amendment as proposed would have the potential to dramatically reduce the value of the abutting property when considering potential uses that would increase noise, traffic, light, dust, etc.

• The rezone is limited to a single property owner and abutting property owners would lack the ability to take advantage of the uses allowed in the rezoned district.

7. Motion by Gillespie/Jacob to adjourn the meeting at 9:15 p.m. Motion carried.

Agenda for this meeting

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Agenda for this meeting

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