BAXTER — A minor subdivision plat was approved Tuesday for the Johnson Centre.
The Baxter City Council approved the plan to plat four existing parcels into three lots. The property consisted of four lots with the Johnson Centre building, along Golf Course Drive, now on two lots. Through the process, the property will consist of three lots as the two lots on Golf Course Drive are combined into one.
In addition to the plat, the council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) amendment for the Johnson Centre. The CUP applies to the property’s east side, which is fully developed. The change was requested to “ensure a clean title for future development.”
The land to the west on Dellwood Drive is currently vacant. In 2007, the pink liquor store on the property was demolished along with a Quonset hut after Arnie Johnson, of Johnson Enterprises, purchased the land. The property adjoined his land to the east.
Plans are to develop the land in the future.
Tom Rutske, Johnson Properties, asked the council to waive the park fee on one of the undeveloped lots, noting it was previously was in commercial use. Rutske said two of the ugliest buildings in the city were torn down and trees planted on the site. The park dedication fee for two lots is $15,088. Rutske proposed the fee should be $7,500 instead.
Rutske said, with the plat, the city is taking an additional 7-feet of right-of-way along Golf Course Drive, which he said equated to a land value of more than $25,000, not to mention the landscaped property value of sidewalk and six trees.
Brad Person, city attorney, noted the city has required park fees in similar applications.
The council approved the plan as presented with the full park dedication fees.
Mayor Darrel Olson was absent as he was attending Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee hearing at Central Lakes College. Council member Todd Holman presided over the council session. The council met briefly in a closed session regarding the ongoing utility hook-up litigation negotiations.