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03/22/2017

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD TUESDAY HEARD FROM COUNTY RESIDENTS WISHING TO DISCUSS A ZONING ORDINANCE PERTAINING TO TEMPORARY BUILDINGS. BOARD CHAIR DAN SCHMIDTKE TO BEGIN MENTIONED THAT THE COUNTY BOARD MEETING WAS NOT THE PLACE FOR THIS DISCUSSION-THAT WOULD BE THE COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD- BUT THEN DID ALLOW SOME DISCUSSION TO TAKE PLACE. DISCUSSION CAME UP AFTER AFTER PLANNING AND ZONING HAD RECEIVED SOME AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH COMPARISONS ON SOME PROPERTIES WHICH SHOWED BUILDINGS FOR WHICH PERMITS HAD NOT BEEN OBTAINED.

LETTERS WERE SENT OUT TO THOSE WHO NEEDED PERMITS ACCORDING TO PAM FLITTER, MARTIN COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING OFFICIAL. SHE SAID PEOPLE WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH PROCEDURES SHOULD GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL AND FILE PAPER WORK THAT COMES BEFORE THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT WHICH REVIEWS THE ENTIRE CASE AND MAKES THE DECISION. THE APPLICANT CAN APPEAL WITHIN 30 DAYS AND THEN THE CASE GOES TO DISTRICT COURT.

MOST RESIDENTS WHO SPOKE AT THE MEETING SAID THAT SINCE THE BUILDINGS WERE PORTABLE OR TEMPORARY THE ORDINANCE MAY NOT APPLY OR IT IS NOT HANDLED PROPERLY. FLITTER SAID A TEMPORARY STRUCTURE IS ONE THAT IS UP FOR 18 MONTHS OR LESS.

RICHARD KOONS, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MARTIN COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF TOWNSHIPS, SAID THAT THE PLANNING AND ZONING SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND NEEDS AN UPDATE CLAIMING THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN THE PAST 30 YEARS TO BENEFIT THE TOWNSHIPS. HE ASKED THAT THE COMMISSIONERS AND PLANNING AND ZONING MEET WITH THE TOWNSHIPS TO DISCUSS HOW TO MAKE IT WORK. COMMISSIONER SCHMIDTKE CONCLUDED THE DISCUSSION BY SAYING THAT EVERY TIME THERE IS A PERMIT BROUGHT TO US ANYONE WITHIN 5,000 FEET IS CONTACTED AND ASKED TO COME TO A MEETING.


ROD HALVORSEN
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