Conditional use and variances approved

By Emily Bialkowski

Caledonia Argus


Results from the April 25 Houston County Board of Adjustment and Plan Commission meeting are in. One conditional use permit and two variances were approved, as were nine zoning permits. The requests were finalized by the Houston County Board on May 14.

The conditional use application came from Gordon Meyer of Mayville Township, who asked to build a house on less than 40 acres in an agriculture district.

Zoning Director Bob Scanlan said the request did not garner any negative feedback and that three stipulations were recommended on the project, including:

• All federal, state and local permits must be obtained

• Septic design be submitted to the county

• The highway engineer approves the new access off County Road 3.

The item passed without issue.

A variance from Andy Luttchens of Jefferson Township was requested so he may build an addition on his existing home with a variance of 36 feet to meet the 50 foot setback from the south property. It, too, met no objection.

Finally, Matt and Pam Hendel of Caledonia Township presented a variance request to expand their feedlot with a variance of 776 feet to meet the required 1,320 foot setback from an existing house. The couple wishes to update some of their agricultural facilities and simultaneously expand their dairy heifer operation from 125 animal units to 210 animal units with the construction of a new free stall barn.

This request was received positively as well.

Nine zoning permits were also granted – please see chart.


Houston County April Zoning Permits

Tim and Tammy Boldt – Houston Township, build house, garage and deck

Peter and Jessica Wiese – Caledonia Township, build house, garage and deck

David Kinstler – Union Township, build house, garage and porch

Theodore and Sarah Johnson – Hokah Township, build house and deck

James Douglas Thompson – Mound Prairie Township, build house and garage

Doug and Jan Moen –  Caledonia Township, enclose area below second story deck for storage room

Ken Witt – Houston Township, build pole shed

William Gerdes – Caledonia Township, build pole barn for calves – no expansion

Denis Mullen – Brownsville Township, replace garage due to fire in same location