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City of Tower
Planning and Zoning Commission
Regular Meeting
July 23, 2008
Wednesday @ 5:30PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Tower was called to order by Chair Heinowski.

Present: Abrahamson, Heinowski, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Broten, Hiltunen.
Visitors: John Jamnick

Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to approve the minutes of the last meeting.   All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on the proposed zoning changes.  The City Council has approved the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission and is starting the process of re-zoning.
John Jamnick, RLK, was present with the latest survey/topography information of the proposed North Star Third.    All of the results are not in.  The revised draft will be presented to the Commission when completed.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Abrahamson to adjourn.  Time:  6:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower
Planning and Zoning Commission
Regular Meeting
June 25, 2008
Wednesday @ 5:30 PM
City Council Chambers


 

1. Call to order
2. Roll call
3. Approve minutes
4. Accept the agenda
5. Public input
6. Northstar Third Addition
7. Trails
8. Infrastructure
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12. Adjourn

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City of Tower
Planning and Zoning Commission
April 2, 2008
Wednesday @ 5:30PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the City of Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Heinowski @5:47PM.
Present: Abrahamson, Heinowski, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Broten, Hiltunen.
Visitors: Jon Minne.

Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented by the Clerk/Treasurer.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair.  All yes. Motion carried.
Public input: None.
A discussion was held on the proposed Northstar Third Addition.  Minne has met with the Cemetery Board who advised him that if the City could not secure a second access from someone else, that they would be interested in helping.
He also talked to Dale Gustafson, the present owner of the old “airpark” property about access.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Heinowski to authorize the Mayor to discuss development plans and possible purchase of the Gustafson property.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was also held on trails in Northstar.  Preserving a green space along the present ATV trail is an option.
A draft of Industrial Park Zoning was reviewed.  There needs to be definitions in the language.  The League of Minnesota Cites will be contacted for additional samples.
Proposed zoning changes throughout the City were discussed.  The proposed changes will be introduced to the Council at the next meeting for discussion.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to adjourn.  Time:  6:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower
Planning and Zoning Commission
February 27, 2008
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Tom Heinowski.
Present: Hiltunen, Abrahamson, Heinowski, Broten, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: None.
Visitors: Matt Bolf, Jon Minne, Jon Nevala.

Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair.  All yes. Motion carried.
The minutes of the last meeting were not presented.
A discussion was held on the PDF zoning map.  The Commission is in the process of converting the present zoning map to a PDF file.  Bolf presented the latest version.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Hiltunen to approve the present zoning map as presented by SEHINC, and recommend to the City Council to adopt it.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on proposed zoning changes in the City of Tower.  Bolf presented a map reflective of these changes that have been discussed by the P & Z at previous meetings.   Members will review the proposed zoning changes and discuss at next meeting.
The Commission reviewed the proposed Harbor Zoning District Art. XIV, as presented by Bolf, with reflected the changes made from previous discussions.
Motion by Broten supported by Abrahamson to recommend the Harbor Zoning District Art. XIV to the Council.  All yes. Motion carried.
Jon Minne, RLK, presented several proposals for Northstar Third Addition.  Also discussed was the possible need for a walking trail system throughout the new addition.
Tim Kotzian has filed for two building permits in the City of Tower.  The Mayor referred the request to the City Attorney since Kotzian is the City Zoning Administrator.  Attorney Cope advised that the permit requests go the P&Z for recommendation to the Council.
Motion by Hiltunen supported by Broten to recommend to the City to grant the permits as filed.   Ayes: Hiltunen, Broten, Niemiste, Abrahamson. Nays: None. Abstain: Heinowski. Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Broten to adjourn. Time:  8:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower
Planning and Zoning Commission
January 9, 2008
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the City of Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Tom Heinowski.
Present: Abrahamson, Broten, Heinowski, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Hanson.
Visitors: Matt Bolf

Motion by Abrahamson supported by Broten to approve the minutes of the last meeting as submitted by the Clerk/Treasurer. All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Broten to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair with the addition of Northstar Addition.  All yes. Motion carried.
Public input: None.
Hanson arrived at  6:15PM.
The Commission has been working on converting the present hand drawn zoning map to a PDF computer file.  The new PDF zoning map was compared to the present zoning map, making sure that both maps are the same.  Bolf will reflect these changes for the next
The proposed Harbor Overlay zoning ordinance was reviewed and changes were made.  Bolf will reflect these changes for the next meeting.
Northstar Third Addition was discussed.  Access from the T-S cemetery was considered.   Walking trails are being considered throughout the proposed addition.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Broten to adjourn.  Time:  8:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower
Planning and Zoning Commission
October 4, 2007
Thursday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


A special meeting of the City of Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Heinowski.
Present: Abrahamson, Hanson, Heinowski.

Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Broten, Niemiste.
Visitors: Matt Bolf.

Motion by Abrahamson supported by Hanson to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on the proposed Business Park plat as presented by SEH.
Motion by Hanson supported by Abrahamson to approve the preliminary Business Park Platt as presented by SEH, with several minor changes, and recommend to the City for approval.  All yes.  Motion carried.
Motion by Hanson supported by Abrahamson to adjourn. Time: 7:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower

Planning and Zoning Commission
September 26, 2007
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Tom Heinowski.
Present: Abrahamson, Hanson, Heinowski.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Broten, Niemiste.
Visitor: Jeff Goetzman, Matt Bolf.

Motion by Abrahamson supported by Hanson to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented by the Clerk/Treasurer. All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Heinowski to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair.   All yes. Motion carried.
Public input: None.
A discussion was held on the proposed Zoning Map for the City of Tower.  Present Zoning Items omitted were:  1. The R-T ( Residential Transition), 2.  Blocks 33,34,35.  Re-Zoning recommendations discussed were:  1. the DNR site, 2. Business Park, 3. North Star 1 & 2, Iron Ore Bar, 4. Eales Plat, 5.  all of Section 32 to R-1.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Hanson to direct the Zoning Administrator to make a recommendation concerning omitted Zoning and re-zoning of above parcels.  All yes. Motion carried.
Niemiste arrived at 6:50PM
A discussion was held on Riverfront Plans and Zoning.  Heinowski was contacted by Geoffrey Griffin with his latest plan on the north side of the river.  He requested permission to be included in the City environmental assessment.
The Commission directed Goetzman and Bolf to research the request and recommend to the City about costs, timetable, and other ramifications due to the request.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Hanson to adjourn. Time: 7:15PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower

Planning and Zoning Commission
August 29, 2007
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the City of Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Tom Heinowski.
Present: Broten, Hanson, Heinowski, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Abrahamson.
Visitors: Darrel Maninga, Sheldon Majerle, Jim Hill.

Motion by Niemiste supported by Broten to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented by the Clerk/Treasurer.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Broten to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair with the addition of 1. BusinessPark Preliminary Plan.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on atv/snowmobile use in the City of Tower.  Broten to chair the committee.  Kotzian and Majerle volunteered to be on the committee.
A discussion was held on geothermal energy. Dan Hestetune, SEH, is looking into the matter.
A discussion was held on the proposed rip/rap shoreline on the north side of the new harbor.
Motion by Broten supported by Niemiste to recommend to the City Council to use sheet/pile around the proposed harbor. Ayes:  Broten, Niemiste, Hanson. Nays: None. Abstain: Hanson.  Motion carried.
A discussion was held on the preliminary business park plat.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Broten to call meeting of SEH, Planning and Zoning, and the DNR to discuss trails in the business park.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on Northstar Third Addition.  The City is in the process of applying for a grant from IRR Public Works Fund to help in funding the next addition.
A discussion was held on the issue of condemnation.  Heinowski to contact the League of Minnesota Cities for information.
A discussion was held on the proposed City/County land exchange.  The first meeting with the County is scheduled for Wednesday September 12 @ 10:30 City Hall.  Heinowski and Niemiste will represent the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Motion by Broten supported by Hanson to adjourn. Time: 7:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower

Planning & Zoning Commission
June 27, 2007
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers

The meeting of the Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Heinowski.
Present: Abrahamson, Hanson, Heinowski.

Also Present: Kotzian
Absent: Broten, Niemiste.
Visitors: Jon Nevala, Jeff Goetzman.

Motion by Heinowski supported by Hanson to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented by the Clerk/Treasurer. All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on the Zoning Map Draft prepared by SEH.  The Commission reviewed the draft.  The Commission also wants a City ownership overlay, and Shoreland Ordinance overlay, and an improved color key.
A discussion was held on the Archaeological and Architectural History Surveys nearing completion.  It appears that the DNR boathouse may have some historical significance.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Abrahamson, on review of the City Engineer, to recommend to the City, that the structural integrity of the boathouse is questionable, and recommend that a photo history be taken by the Cultural Resources unit and then removed.  All yes.  Motion carried.
A discussion was held on the Harbor project.  Heinowski had attended a meeting, along with Jeff Griffin, concerning Griffins latest proposal along the river which includes an RV Park.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Hanson to adjourn. Time: 7:30PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

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City of Tower

Planning and Zoning Commission
April 25, 2007
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Heinowski.
Present: Abrahamson, Broten, Heinowski, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Hanson.
Visitors: Jon Nevala, Jeff Goetzman, Ken Hinkel.

Motion by Broten supported by Abrahamson to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented by the Secretary.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Broten supported by Abrahamson to accept the agenda as presented by the Chair with the addition of:  1. signage, 2. Residential Transition.  All yes. Motion carried.
Public input:  Ken Hinkel was present to inform the Commission of his request to the Zoning Administrator for a variance in Block 28.  He request includes a 25 foot setback from North Second Street rather than 30 feet;  a 5 foot setback from Pine Streetrather than 15 feet; and a 7 foot setback from the platted alley rather than 10 feet.  The request will go to the Board of Adjustment; members are Dan Broten, Jon Nevala, and Steve Abrahamson.
The Commission reviewed the Administrative Responsibilities as defined by the Minnesota Code.  Copies were distributed to all members.
Riverfront Infrastructure was discussed. The Riverfront Taskforce Committee along with SEH is working on this.
Sewer and water capacities were discussed.   The Tower/Breitung Wastewater Board has directed RLK Engineering to prepare a Water and Wastewater Facilities Plan. This will be shared with the City Council and Planning and Zoning. Land acquisition was discussed.  The City of Tower requested St. Louis County to sell two tax forfeit parcels to the City.  The parcels are in the appraisal process and should be completed by summer.
A discussion was held on creating a Residential Transition Zone along the Main Street, where it fronts Blocks 32 & 33.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste to recommend to the Council to amend Ordinance #82 to rezone Blocks 32 & 33, lots 9 through 16 in each block, to a Residential Transition (RT) District.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Broten supported by Niemiste to recommend to the City Council to have SEH draft a current City of Tower Zoning Map.  All yes. Motion carried.
The 10 acre parcel owned by the Lutheran Church was discussed.  TEDA is looking into the matter.  John Niemiste will also get information on the status of the parcel and report back to Planning and Zoning.
The Tower/Breitung Comprehensive Plan and the Tower Harbor Master Plan (draft) were both discussed.  Both copies are to be reviewed by the Commission before the next Commission meeting, and members should be ready for discussion.
Capital improvements were discussed such as parks and health care facilities.
Motion by Abrahamson supported by Niemiste, to recommend to the City Council, to have the City Attorney find out how to create a City park out of the North portion of Block 28 Lot 3-8.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Abrahamson, to recommend to the City Council, to eliminate the Board of Adjustment and utilize the Planning and Zoning Commission for variance and conditional use requests.  Ayes:  Abrahamson, Heinowski, Niemiste. Nays: Broten.  Motion carried.
The Commission reviewed the moratoriums.
Motion by Heinowski supported by Abrahamson, to recommend the City Council, to place a 6 month moratorium on Adult Entertainment.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Broten supported by Niemiste to adjourn. Time: 8:15PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Secretary

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City of Tower

Planning and Zoning Commission
Regular Meeting
February 28, 2007
Wednesday @ 6:00PM
City Council Chambers


The regular meeting of the Tower Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by Chair Stephen Abrahamson.
Present: Abrahamson, Broten, Hanson, Niemiste.
Also Present: Kotzian.
Absent: Heinowski.
Visitors: Jeff Goetzman.

Motion by Hanson supported by Broten to approve the minutes of the last meeting as presented by the Clerk/Treasurer.  All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Broten supported by Hanson to approve the agenda as presented with the addition of 1. Residential Transition, 2.Minnesota Power.   All yes. Motion carried.
Motion by Niemiste supported by Hanson to approve the following officers for 2007:  Chair: Tom Heinowski;  Vice Chair:Dan Broten;  Secretary: Kotzian.  All yes. Motion carried.
A discussion was held on the Minnesota Code.
Old business items such as signage and  adult entertainment were discussed. No action taken.
Committee assignments will be taken up at the next regular meeting.
Motion by Hanson supported by Broten to adjourn.  Time:  7:55PM

Respectfully submitted,

Timothy L. Kotzian
Clerk/Treasurer

 
 

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