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Local news briefs - Sept. 6

Posted: September 5, 2012 - 10:38pm

Crow Wing Township hearing to look at land use

Crow Wing Township will conduct a public hearing on Monday to gather opinions on a revised land use ordinance and land use map.

The proposed ordinance reflects the revised Crow Wing County Land Use Ordinance which was adopted in April 2011. The proposed ordinance establishes performance standards as a regulatory approach to natural resources, of which the current 1970s era ordinance does not do. The ordinance creates new requirements for managing stormwater runoff on riparian lots based on impervious surface coverage, and establishes new septic maintenance and vegetative buffer requirements. Township officials said that besides the new shoreland regulations, the updated ordinance is much shorter and more user-friendly than the previous ordinance. Repetition, ambiguities and gaps that were in the previous ordinance have all been removed.

A land use map which corresponds to the “land use districts” in the proposed ordinance will also be reviewed at the meeting. The proposed map reflects the existing “zoning map” closely.

A copy of the proposed land use ordinance and map are available at www.communitygrowth.com. Questions and/or comments may be directed to the township planner, Justin Burslie, at 218-828-3064 or burslie@communitygrowth.net. Written comments may be submitted to: Community Growth Institute, 14084 Baxter Drive, Suite 7, Baxter, MN 56245.

National Preparedness Month

The month of September is National Preparedness Month, founded after Sept. 11 in hopes that Americans would remember the significance of the day and use the time to think about being a little more prepared in our homes, for those who we may care for and also in our communities for an unexpected emergency.

Being prepared is a shared responsibility; it takes the entire community. This month during National Preparedness Month, the Cass County Emergency Management office is asking everyone to “Pledge to Prepare.” As individuals, businesses and as civic and community organizations, the county is asking citizens to commit to doing at least one of the following simple tasks:

• Learn about emergencies or hazards in your community and the proper response.

• Build an emergency kit.

• Make a communications plan.

• Get involved in preparedness in your community.

National organizations, such as the Lions Club, Salvation Army and Red Cross are ready to help people in time of need, as well as local organizations, including neighborhood watch programs and Cass County’s fire, Emergency Medical Service and First Responder groups.

For more information on being prepared or volunteer opportunities call the Cass County Emergency Management office at 218-547-7437.