Mistake or no mistake, the Crow Wing County Board hopes to get to the bottom of it.
The county board heard Tuesday from Carl and Colleen Smith, who own the Objibwa Park Condominiums on North Long Lake. The Smiths said their property was zoned waterfront commercial in 1984, the year they bought the property. In 1991, the zoning classification changed to residential.
"Somehow someone in the zoning office misclassified and changed it," said Carl Smith. "There was no formal changes to the zoning and we had no notices of any changes.
"Something got turned around."
Smith said they just noticed the zoning change this past year.
The Smiths bought the Objibwa Park Condominiums in 1984 from Colleen's parents, who had owned the property since 1934. Her parents started the campground in 1968.
The Smiths said Dennis Myers, the county zoning inspector, told them he is examining five areas where there are violations on the property, including current and proposed septic systems, setbacks from ordinary high water level, decks and porches for the trailers on the site, permits for the buildings and platting of the lots.
The Smiths heard from Myers in January and said they are concerned with the lack of communication in the planning and zoning office.
The Smiths said the issues the zoning office raised have existed for a long time with the county's knowledge. Carl Smith said their sewer system is in compliance and they followed all the laws.
"I agree with you (the Smiths)," said Commissioner Gil Dewes. "I don't think you should have to go through this rigamarole."
Commissioner Terry Sluss said the county board cannot automatically make the property commercial.
Myers, County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr., Commissioner Ed Larsen and interim Planning and Zoning Administrator Chuck Kauppi met later Tuesday to discuss the issue, as well as how the Smiths use the land. Herlofsky said Kauppi will contact the Smiths this week.
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