STAFF REPORTS

Access to download Staff reports for upcoming public hearings

STAFF REPORTS

 

  • Applications for things like Conditional Use Permits, or Variances, Rezoning, General Development Plans, Preliminary Plats, Final Plats, etc… require a public hearing in front of the respective Township’s Planning Commission and/or Board. Those public hearings are of course open to the public.
  • TCPA staff prepares a report that explains and analyzes the criteria that must be met for the Planning Commission and/or Board to approve an application. You’ll find links to those Staff reports on this page.
  • Typically, you’ll find the Staff report(s) on this page about a week before the public hearing.
  • After the public hearing and once the Planning Commission and/or Board has made a decision, the Staff reports are removed from this page.

Oronoco Township

Meeting Location:

Oronoco City Hall – 115 2nd Street NW – Oronoco, MN  55960

Meeting Dates & Times:

DECISION TABLED TO NEXT MEETING

Monday – May 13th, 2024 – 5:30 pm

Application:

Applicants: Thomas Demarino – 10546 4th Avenue NW – Oronoco, MN 55960

The owner/applicant has two tax parcels in this area. His dwelling parcel is located at 10546 4th Avenue NW. The subject parcel, immediately west of his dwelling parcel, is vacant land – which, until recently – was comprised of one tax parcel of approximately 10.8 acres which is zoned R-1; Low Density Residential District. It is within the Suburban Subdivision area of the Olmsted County Land Use Plan.

In February of 2024 Oronoco Township approved the subdivision of two buildable residential parcels of 2.10-acres and 2.35-acres, from the subject parcel, along the east side of the parcel with access from 4th Avenue NW. The owner/applicant now wishes to subdivide the remainder of his parcel into three additional lots. The proposed parcels are 2.35 acres; 2.23 acres; and 2.20 acres. All three parcels would require access from King’s Park Road NW. As part of the submittal the owner/applicant has included proposed site plans including driveway locations and septic locations.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS STAFF REPORT

Oronoco Township

Meeting Location:

Oronoco City Hall – 115 2nd Street NW – Oronoco, MN  55960

Meeting Dates & Times:

Monday – May 13th, 2024 – 5:30 pm

Application:

Applicants: William & Laura Unverzagt

The owner/applicant is requesting to split 4.98 acres from their 36.95-acre parcel zoned A2; Agricultural Protection District. In October of 2023, the Oronoco town board considered and approved variance request OR2023-006VAR that would allow for the creation of a new non-farm dwelling on a property with this legal description. In the A-2 Agricultural Protection District, a farm-sized parcel is 35 acres; anything smaller is considered to be a non-farm-sized parcel. There may only be one non-farm size dwelling parcel per quarter-quarter section. In addition, a non-farm parcel may not be created within a quarter mile of an existing feedlot. The NE ¼ of the SW ¼ of section 19 already has two existing non-farm-sized dwelling parcels and is completely within a quarter mile of a feedlot. Therefore, subdividing the owner/applicant’s property to create a non-farm-size dwelling parcel requires said variance.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS STAFF REPORT

Cascade Township

Meeting Location:

Cascade Town Hall – 2025 75th Street NE – Rochester, MN  55901

Meeting Dates & Times:

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 – After 6:00 pm

Application:

Applicants: Mark M. Hennessy / Eagle Brook Church – 7015 20th Avenue South – Centerville, MN  55038

An application by Eagle Brook Church for a Conditional Use Permit to establish a church and parking lot on a 40-acre parcel of land in an A-2; Agricultural Protection District zone.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS REVIEWER’S DOCUMENTS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS STAFF REPORT

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS REVIEW COMMENTS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CITY COMMENTS MEMO

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS COUNTY PLANNING REVIEWER COMMENTS

Rock Dell Township

Meeting Location:

Rock Dell Town Hall – 8938 County Road #3 SW – Hayfield, MN – 55940

Meeting Dates & Times:

DECISION TABLED

MEETING CONTINUED TO:

Monday – May 13th, 2024 – after 7:00 pm

Application:

The Township is proposing the adoption of a Land Use Plan as an aid for guiding the Township’s zoning and land use decisions into the future. In particular, this Land Use Plan is being developed to aid the Township in the decision of potentially expanding the R.S.D.; Rural Service Center District to the south of the current R.S.D/ Rock Dell Woods area. This meeting is to adopt the Land Use Plan only. The decision on the potential expansion of the R.S.D. will be at a future advertised public hearing.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PROPOSED LUP

Oronoco Township

Meeting Location:

Oronoco City Hall – 115 2nd Street NW – Oronoco, MN  55960

Meeting Dates & Times:

Monday – May 13th, 2024 – 5:30 pm

Application:

Applicants: Drew & Dana DeWitz – 15 125th Street NE – Rochester, MN  55906

An application for variances to the criteria for the construction of an accessory building in an R-1; Low Density Residential District. The applicant wishes to replace an existing accessory structure with a new structure that is both larger and taller than allowed by the ordinance as well as being closer to the road than allowed by the ordinance.

Proposed Accessory Building Size:
1,920 sq.ft. – 1,500 sq.ft. allowed – 420 sq.ft. variance
Proposed Accessory Building Height:
22.5’ – 15’ allowed – 7.5’ variance
Proposed Distance to Center of Road:
75’ – 80’ required distance to COR – 5’ variance

This proposal will also require a variance to the OHWM. (Ordinary High-Water Mark) That variance will be handled by Olmsted County as the Floodplain/Shoreland Administrator, after consideration of the above variances by the Township.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS REVIEWER’S PACKET

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS STAFF REPORT

New Haven Township

Meeting Location:

New Haven Town Hall – 9024 County Road #3 NW – Oronoco, MN  55960

Meeting Dates & Times:

Tuesday – June 11th, 2024 – After 6:30 pm

Application:

Applicants:  Bert & Rachel Otto

An application to rezone a 10-acre parcel of property from A-2; Agricultural Protection District to CF-SD; Canterbury Farm Special District. In April of 2023 the owner/applicants applied for and had approved by the New Haven Town Board, a Conditional Use Permit to operate a Wedding Venue/Event Center in an accessory structure on their 10-acre dwelling parcel.

The owner/applicant’s Conditional Use Permit limits the operation of the home-business to the utilization of no more than one accessory structure of 5,000 sq.ft. or less and no more than 20,000 sq.ft. of total surface area – including said accessory building. They would like to be able to also utilize the existing (2,400 sq.ft.) barn on the property, besides the 4,960 sq.ft. event center building. Additionally, based on the parking conditions in the issued Conditional Use Permit, the applicant’s engineer is unable to fit the required number of parking spaces within the 20,000 sq.ft. area limitation.

Considering the above, in January of 2024 the owner/applicant then applied for a multi-faceted variance to allow the following:

• A variance to the number of accessory buildings that may be used for a home-based business.
• A variance to the total size of accessory building space that may be used for a home-based business.
• A variance to the total surface area allowed for use in a home-based business.

After meeting with the New Haven Board of Adjustment and the Town Board the owner/applicants decided to withdraw their variance application and apply to have their property rezoned to a Special District.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE STAFF REPORT

 

Cascade Township

Meeting Location:

Cascade Town Hall – 2025 75th Street NE – Rochester, MN  55901

Meeting Dates & Times:

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 – After 6:00 pm

Application:

Applicants: Carl Bolander and Sons, LLC, 4515 Morris Lane, Rochester, MN 55906

An application by Carl Bolander and Sons, LLC for an Interim Use Permit to operate a construction materials recycling business in a Special District (SD) zone.

Staff Report:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS STAFF REPORT

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS 1998 ZONE CHANGE RESOLUTION

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS REVIEWER COMMENTS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CITY COMMENTS MEMO