Fifty Lakes adopts various amendments

The Fifty Lakes City Council in August adopted 11 amendments at the conclusion of an effort that city clerk/treasurer Karen Stern said has been in the works for two years.

The Fifty Lakes City Council in August adopted 11 amendments at the conclusion of an effort that city clerk/treasurer Karen Stern said has been in the works for two years.

Ordinance amendments were changed primarily to improve definitions in former city ordinances.

According to draft minutes from the council's Aug. 19 meeting, one ordinance was amended to better define the requirements for requesting a conditional use permit. Prior to the amendment, the ordinance simply required the request to be safe and healthful and compatible with water pollution prevention.

With the new amendments, the ordinance requires a plan showing soil contours and types, locations of buildings, traffic access, plans for buildings, specifications and potential of impact on city utilities. Using these new details, the city will be able to better assess conditional use permits.

Another ordinance clarified the city's Residential Two district as a district only used on a general development lake, versus on a recreational development or natural environment lake as determined by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Amendments to another ordinance clarify adjustment of lot lines between two adjoining lots, stating the lots have to have a buildable area. The former amendment only accounted for area and width.

The council also approved an amendment establishing a setback from a lake of 75 feet for treatment systems, equal to the setback for structures. Previously, the setback for treatment systems was 50 feet.

Now an ordinance also requires permits for stairs within a shoreline impact zone. Another ordinance makes septic design requirements match Crow Wing County requirements.

These amendments were in addition to many other ordinances updated and described as "housekeeping" by Gordy Reller, planning and zoning administrator.

In other business Aug. 19, the council:

• Adopted an ordinance setting tower facility standards.

• Agreed to maintain a mortgage payment at $2,223.74.

• Learned the liquor store change bag is missing $200. A police report has been filed.


• Waived need for a performance bond by Classic Renovation during construction of a patio addition. The council also approved a request to Classic Renovation to furnish a letter of credit or no payment shall be made until the project is completed and accepted by the council. The council also agreed to hire a building inspector to inspect the patio addition at an amount not to exceed $250.

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