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092319 PZ Minutes

Mountain Iron Planning and Zoning Commission

September 23, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chairman Steve Skogman.

Those Present: Jim Techar, Tim Johnston, Steve Skogman, Steve Erickson, Margaret Soyring, Barb Fivecoate and Jerry Kujala, Zoning Administrator.

It was moved by Fivecoate, supported by Johnston to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2019 meeting. The motion carried.

Mayor Gary Skalko thanked the board members for their dedication and flexibility and to remind everyone that the September 30, 2019 public hearing is crucial to City development and wanted to be assured there would be a quorum at that meeting.

Jerry Kujala reported that there is a concrete structure with a fire ring on a property in Ann’s Acres. The City has asked the City Engineer to determine the setbacks of this structure. There will be more discussion in the future.

It was moved by Techar, supported by Fivecoate to adjourn the regular meeting and open the public hearing at 6:35 p.m. The motion carried.

The purpose of the public hearing is to revise an Ordinance within the City of Mountain Iron:

Add to existing language for permitted use:

“except a shipping container converted for use as an accessory structure”

Add to:

154.002 (B) (7); 154.023 (B) (4); 154.024 (B) (3); 154.026 (B) (4); 154.027 (B) (13).

Additional conditional use.

“shipping containers converted for use as an accessory structure”

Add to:

154.022 (C) (14), 154.023 (C) (9), 154.024 (C) (8), 154.026 (C) (5), 154.027 (C) (3)

Ed Roskoski stated there was no description and wanted to know if one blanket will cover the entire City appropriately and that structures should not be able to be seen from the street.

Jerry explained that there would become a Conditional Use (CUP) and would have to meet all setbacks, etc. This would gain control as to where they can be located and height limitations so they cannot be stacked.

Jerome Zupec said he was there to find out if he could put in a storage container unit, he also voiced concern that a rumored basketball court could become a home business if constructed.

It was moved by Soyring, supported by Fivecoate to close the public hearing and re-open the regular meeting. The motion carried.

It was moved by Soyring, supported by Fivecoate to recommend the City Council approve the Ordinance revision.

There was discussion about whether it should pertain to rural areas of the City with 5 or more acres. The motion carried.

It was moved by Skogman, supported by Soyring to hold a meeting on Monday, September 30 for a Public hearing, regarding the Rezoning of a parcel from Multi-family 2 to Commercial. The motion carried.

It was moved by Fivecoate, supported by Erickson to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m. The motion carried.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Margaret Soyring, Secretary

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