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File #: Ord 18-1    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/24/2018
Title: Amending Chapter 65 of the Legislative Code pertaining to land use definitions and development standards.
Sponsors: Russ Stark
Attachments: 1. Comprehensive Planning Committee Memo to Planning Commission 10-3-17, 2. Planning Commission Resolution10-20-17, 3. Verizon Letter 9-21-2017
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
1/29/20181 Mayor's Office Signed  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/20181 City Council AdoptedPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/17/20181 City Council Public Hearing Closed; Laid Over to Fourth Reading/Final AdoptionPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/10/20181 City Council Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Video Video
1/3/20181 City Council Laid Over to Second Reading  Action details Meeting details Video Video

Amending Chapter 65 of the Legislative Code pertaining to land use definitions and development standards.


WHEREAS, Zoning Code § 61.801 requires periodic review and reevaluation of the Zoning Code, and provides that the Planning Commission may initiate amendments to the Zoning Code; and

WHEREAS, in March 2017 the Zoning Administrator recommended a number of corrections and minor amendments to clarify language in Zoning Code Chapter 65 and bring it up-to-date based on issues that have come up in administrating the code and decisions that have been made in several determination of similar use and nonconforming use permit cases; and

WHEREAS, a new Article IX, 66.900, Ford Districts, of the Zoning Code has a simplified use table that groups more uses of similar impact under broader use categories and definitions, consistent with American Planning Association guidance for simplifying zoning codes and with a City goal for making the Zoning Code as simple and easy to read and use as possible, and the other use tables in Chapter 66 will be amended to be consistent with this; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 65 needs to be amended for consistency with the terms and organization of the new Ford district use table, and to specifically refer to the Ford districts when that is needed to be clear about standards and conditions for uses that apply in Ford districts; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 65 needs to be amended to bring standards for cell antennas into conformance with Minnesota’s new telecommunications right-of-way user law in Minnesota Statutes § 237.162 and § 237.163; and

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission, in Resolution 17-52 on August 11, 2017, initiated a zoning study to consider amendments to Zoning Code Chapter 65; and

WHEREAS, on September 22, 2017, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on draft amendments to Zoning Code Chapter 65, notice of which was published in the Legal Ledger and was sent to the City’s Early Notification System; and


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