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Manhattan Beach: City discusses zoning ordinance changes

The Manhattan Beach City Council discussed pending changes to the city's zoning ordinance at its Tuesday, March 7, meeting, according to unapproved draft meeting minutes.

The planning and zoning commission proposed changes to the ordinance at the Feb. 21 council meeting, but in March, planning and zoning administrator Darrin Welle informed the council that the Department of Natural Resources needs to be notified about the amendments.

The city will also have to hold a public hearing, which the council approved.

Changes to the ordinance discussed in February include modifications to the interim use permit criteria, submittal documents and standards; added rear setbacks for structures in all zoning districts; required commercial use permit or interim use permit prior to operation for added commercial uses; modifications to the home occupation and home business standards to require interim use permits for home businesses, as well as modified performance standards for both uses; and added definitions for home business, retail store, water-oriented commercial use and commercial use-other.

The council voted in favor of the ordinance changes in February, with City Clerk Amy Wannebo opposed.

In other business March 7, the council:

• Tabled Wannebo's inquiry about a recording device for meetings until April, when City Attorney Andrew Kalis would be present. At the February meeting, the council discussed buying a recording device for meetings at Wannebo's request. Kalis recommended having a device, as all surrounding city councils do, and said he would look into it further.

• Decided to contact Stanley Steemer to have the floors of city hall cleaned and polycoated.

Council member Barb Hanson-Wannebo was not in attendance.

In other business Feb. 21, the council:

• Appointed council member Janis Allen as mayor pro tempore.

• Denied a donation request from the Crow Wing County Historical Society. The council asked the group to submit another request in August during the budget planning session.

• Agreed to compensate Fifty Lakes City Clerk Karen Stern, who is training Wannebo on the city's accounting system.