Family rallies for change in ordinance
By Emily Bialkowski
In an effort to bring their family recreation destination into compliance with Houston County zoning regulations, the Frydenlund family, of Black Hammer Township, has requested an amendment to the Houston County Zoning Ordinance to allow interim uses. More specifically, the family needs an interim use permit for their cabins or some other action that will bring the situation into conformity.
The request was brought to the Houston County Board Sept. 10 by Zoning Administrator Bob Scanlan, who said the matter is several years old.
“They have been working to figure out different avenues to come into compliance,” Scanlan said.
The family trust has a couple hundred acres and several cabins, none of which are used year round, according to Scanlan.
“There’s nothing in the ordinance that’s specific to what they use their property for,” he said.
The family has now submitted a “good sized” application to amend the ordinance to allow interim uses. They used a template from Sherburne County that allows for non-commercial family cabins.
An interim use would differ greatly from Houston County’s typical “conditional use” in that the permit would expire at some point, usually with the sale of the property. Conditional uses stay with the land.
An amendment like this requires a 4-5 or unanimous vote and a public hearing. Because two of five commissioners were absent from the meeting, no action could be taken on the item.
Scanlan said he will use the time to research what criteria could be applied to such an ordinance.
Variances, preliminary plats
In other business, two variances were approved.
The first came from Peter and Jeanne Johnson, of Houston Township, to build a shed. The second came from Dean Miller, of Wilmington Township, for a shed, as well.
A preliminary plat for a single lot subdivision for Nick Thesing, of Money Creek Township, got the okay, but a similar request from Larry Hanson, of Yucatan Township, was tabled after a discrepancy in the land description was found. The matter will be reviewed and likely returned for approval.
August’s zoning permits were also presented. (See chart.)
August Zoning Permits
Charles and Kevin Kruse, Winnebago Township, build grain bin
Sheldon Neeley, Spring Grove Township, build house
Ron and Kim Holty, Wilmington Township, build two additions to house, no new bedrooms
Scott Feine, Money Creek Township, build pole barn
Tom Welscher, Caledonia Township, build utility building, corn dryer and two bulk bins
Lowell Kinstler, Money Creek Township, build a hay shed
Matt Kubly, Houston Township, build deck on house
Hetland Family Limited Partnership, Money Creek Township, build multi-purpose garage with bathroom
Randy Krueger, Brownsville Township, build pole shed
Gary and Dawn Huebner, Mound Prairie Township, install house, three-car garage and deck
Mike Banse, Winnebago Township, build addition to free-stall barn
Joshua Dahl, Yucatan Township, build mono slope building
Mark Schulte, Mayville Township, build livestock building
Tim Orr, Yucatan Township, build shop with porch
John Koch, Caledonia Township, build dog house
Franklin Hahn, Yucatan Township, replace hay shed due to fire loss
Dan Gade, Jefferson Township, build grain bin
Karl Sylling, Wilmington Township, build shop