PINE RIVER -- The Cass County Board approved a revised subdivision ordinance Tuesday, with one change from the previously published version.
Jim Ballenthin, attorney speaking on behalf of Hattie Point Trail residents, obtained board approval to restore a section of the ordinance proposed to be deleted.
The section to remain covers outlots created in plats filed between 1972 and 2002. Those outlots may not be developed or subdivided. No land use permits may be issued for them. No storage buildings may be located on them.
Outlots created in future plats not specifically dedicated as open spaces at the time the plat is filed may be subdivided by certificate of survey or platting.
John Sumption, deputy environmental services department director, told Ballenthin outlot owners may still petition for a new plat for outlots in plats created from 1972 to 2002 as they were allowed to do in the past. A few have done so, he said.
The platting process requires a public hearing before an outlot can be platted, he said.
Tuesday, the board set a $250 per lot fee for minor subdivision plats of five to nine lots. This is a new classification under the newly revised subdivision ordinance.
The board set Sept. 3 for the first reading and Sept. 20 for the second reading and possible adoption of a revised land use ordinance. Copies of that ordinance revision will be available Aug. 19 from Environmental Services Department in Walker.
Environmental Services Director Paul Fairbanks reported his staff issued 777 land use permits the first half of this year, up from 721 in 2001. Eleven fewer variances were issued this year, but conditional use applications increased from 18 last year to 23 this year.
Shoreland alteration permits increased from 96 the first half of 2001 to 120 this year. There were six land reclassifications completed the first half of 2001 and 15 this year.
The largest number of land use permits were issued in the following townships: Powers, 44; Crooked Lake 41; Woodrow, 38; Sylvan east, 35; Shingobee north, 28; Birch Lake and Ponto Lake, 22 each; and Pine River and Wabedo, 20 each.
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