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Crow Wing County Proposes Revisions to Zoning Ordinance

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department is proposing revisions to the County Zoning Ordinance, which include new performance-based zoning standards for lake lots in Crow Wing County. The revisions include changes in the number and type of zoning districts, in the allowable impervious surface area, and in stormwater management, among other changes.

The ordinance also will serve as a foundation for the county’s Future Land Use Map project.

Although lot sizes and setbacks from lakes are relevant, the proposed ordinance changes consider performance standards as important factors. These performance standards address stormwater management, natural buffers between lakes and lawns, allowable impervious surface area and the need for well-functioning septic systems.
Crow Wing County has detailed information about the proposed changes available online at http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/planning___zoning/index.html.

What are your opinions on the proposed changes? Now is the time – through Nov. 19 – to express your opinion. Comments may be submitted to the Crow Wing County Environmental Services unit at environmental.services@co.crow-wing.mn.us or to 322 Laurel St., Suite 14, Brainerd, MN 56401.

County officials are reaching out to community groups encouraging members to submit their comments about the proposed changes. For instance, Chris Pence, Crow Wing County Land Services Supervisor, and John Sumption, of Sumption Environmental and former Cass County Environmental Services Director, who is assisting the county with this project, presented the plan today to the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Regional Business Council and the Council encouraged Chamber members to participate in the review process.

After the public comment period, what is the next step? The County Planning Commission will consider the proposed ordinance revisions during a special meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Crow Wing County Board Room in the Historic Courthouse in Brainerd.

Kathi Nagorski, Public Relations & Special Events Coordinator
Brainerd Lakes Chamber

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