Several parcels were approved to become Minnesota Job Opportunity Building Zones, in Crow Wing County, said Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. executive director.
Haverkamp updated the county board Tuesday on what parcels were approved by the state as part of the Region 5 application.
The goal of JOBZ is to stimulate economic development in distressed areas of the state with local and state tax exemptions.
In Brainerd, about 347 acres were approved for JOBZ, including the Missota Paper Plant property, Brainerd Regional Human Services Center area property and the railroad property in east Brainerd.
In Baxter, about 188 acres were approved, including part of the industrial park Phase III and railroad property north of the current industrial park.
Pequot Lakes had about 103 acres approved for JOBZ, including property in downtown Pequot Lakes between Highway 371 and Sibley Lake on Oak Street. Jenkins had 37 acres approved for the business park property on the west side of Highway 371 in south Jenkins.
Ironton had 40 acres of property that abuts the industrial park approved and Crosby was approved for 16 acres for property next to Range Manufacturing.
Oak Lawn Township had 7 acres approved for property owned by Ron Madison and property where the vacant Thelen building is located.
In other county business, the commissioners:
Denied a request for an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for a proposed plat of Hazeltine Bay, as recommended by the Crow Wing County Planning Commission, because the proposed lots do not exceed the density requirements, the project will maintain the required screening, a stormwater permit is on file with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for controlling run-off and preventing erosion and there are no known endangered species in the location of the proposed development.
Agreed to have Wold Architects and Engineers of St. Paul proceed with the design development of the justice center and to prepare contract documents.
The county also directed staff to set up informational meetings about the building project in the spring.
Discussed agenda topics for the board's goal-setting meeting at 9 a.m. Jan. 20.
Met in a closed session to discuss County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. performance evaluation. The first half of the meeting also was closed to Herlofsky who was included in the second half of the meeting.
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