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Crosslake seeks comment on P&Z ordinance changes

Crosslake will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at city hall to hear comments about its planning and zoning ordinance revisions.

A copy of the new ordinances is available on the city’s website,, or at city hall.

The Crosslake City Council hired John Sumption in October to review the city’s planning and zoning ordinances. Sumption created a draft of the revised ordinances, and the public comment period on the document began Dec. 6. It will end Jan. 31. A second open house will be Jan. 13.

The planning and zoning commission meeting to discuss the ordinances, and a public hearing, will be Feb. 28, and the city council intends to discuss the document at its March 10 meeting, though that could be pushed back.

In a news release from Crow Wing County Land Services, which manages Crosslake’s planning and zoning operations, the department summarizes the ordinance revisions:

The format of the ordinance will be changed, with the current numbering preserved but rearranged to be more readable and understandable.

Zoning districts have been renamed “land use districts.” They have been reduced from 16 districts to seven, and a shoreland zoning district was created, which includes all land within 1,000 feet of a lakeshore and 300 feet from a stream or creek.

Performance standards are consolidated in sections rather than spread throughout the planning and zoning ordinance document. The revised ordinance proposes standards for storm water management, dirt moving standards, vegetation removal, impervious surface requirements and use of the shoreline rapid assessment model for shoreline buffers.

The ordinance also proposes including septic system ordinances that are currently being revised by the county. Since Crosslake will be required to adopt an ordinance at least as restrictive as the county’s, the county’s ordinance will be adopted with the revised ordinances.

Crosslake ordinances will also be brought up to speed with Minnesota state statute, as the city is currently not in compliance with aspects of the statute including use of existing, legal, nonconforming lots of record; separating existing shoreline lots of record; and existing, legal, nonconforming structures.

Finally, definitions have been moved to a single place in the document, rather than spread throughout. Unused definitions will be deleted as necessary.

Crow Wing County welcomes public comments, which can be submitted by email to, or mailed to 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd, MN, 56401. Written comments can also be dropped off at Crosslake City Hall.

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