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Howard Lake City council to consider denial of rezoning former golf course
Nov. 23, 2015

Ivan Raconteur

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council will consider a resolution accepting a recommendation from the planning commission to deny a rezoning request for the former Greens of Howard Lake property during Tuesday’s meeting.

The planning commission conducted the legally-required public hearing regarding the request Tuesday.

The request was to rezone the former golf course property at 5055 County Road 7 SW from R1-A to Urban Reserve.

According to a memo from City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller and city planner Nate Sparks, about a dozen citizens attended the hearing to express concerns about rezoning the property to urban reserve.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the planning commission unanimously voted to deny the applicant’s request for rezoning.

The recommendation for denial is based on the following:

1) The requested zoning classification of UR, Urban Reserve, is inconsistent with the city’s comprehensive plan.

2) The proposed use of the property as an agricultural use is incompatible with the present and future urban single-family land uses within the area.

3) The proposed request does not meet the purpose of the urban reserve zoning district.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council will have three options.

It could accept the planning commission’s recommendation and deny the rezoning request.

It could request additional submittals from the applicant proving financial hardship or need to change the zoning.

Or, it could go against the planning commission’s recommendation and approve the rezoning request.

Haggenmiller also noted that the request for rezoning appears to be in conflict with the city’s goals of promoting orderly and efficient conversion of agricultural land to urban areas, and maintaining community amenities and natural areas.

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