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Pequot Lakes City Council adopts updated comprehensive plan

About three years after work began to update the city’s comprehensive plan, the Pequot Lakes City Council adopted that plan Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Council member Jerry Akerson cast the sole dissenting vote. The plan required four of five council members’ votes to be adopted.

That requirement blocked the plan’s passage in December 2011, when Akerson and former council member Tom Ryan voted against adoption.

The 2013 council includes newcomers Scott Pederson, who worked on the plan as a former Planning and Zoning Commission member, and Tyler Gardner.

Pederson and Gardner voted for the plan, along with council member Dave Sjoblad and mayor Nancy Adams, both of whom also voted for passage in 2011.

The process to craft an updated comprehensive plan began in 2010. The last time the comp plan was reworked was after the city and Sibley Township merged in 2002. That plan was adopted in 2004.

In June 2011, the planning commission recommended the council adopt the new plan, but the council tabled the recommendation for several months to give Akerson and Ryan time to bring concerns to the planning commission.

December 2011 was the last time the plan was addressed at the city council level.

Look for a complete story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Lake Country Echo.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.