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Crosslake planning commission recommends revised land use ordinance

Crosslake’s planning and zoning commission recommended the city council approve the revised land use ordinance with a few minor changes at its Feb. 28 meeting at city hall, but not before adjourning so members could attend Manhattan Beach resident and business owner Steve Wannebo’s funeral at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

The commission also recommended approval of the land use map.

Around 10 residents showed up to voice their opinions at the public hearing, which convened at 9 a.m. Some comments were instrumental in the adjustments the commission made to the ordinance, including a provision that would keep the minimum lot requirement in commercial/light industrial zones at 20,000 square feet, rather than expanding it to 40,000 square feet.

Other changes the commission made include removing furniture manufacturing as a use allowed in the downtown commercial district, allowing patios up to 250 square feet or up to 400 square feet with a stormwater plan in shore impact zone 2 and allowing additions on structures that do not meet current setback requirements as long as those additions do meet the requirements.

The commission also clarified language in the ordinance regarding temporary signage and structures and voted to address outdoor wood furnaces through the nuisance ordinance rather than land use.

The Crosslake City Council will take up these proposed changes Monday, March 10. The purpose of the ordinance changes is to streamline provisions, remove redundancies and add clarity. The revised version will also more closely resemble Crow Wing County’s land use ordinance and will put Crosslake in line with state statutes. The current ordinance is 339 pages long; the new version will be half as thick.

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Chelsey Perkins
Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.
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