The Planning Commission-Zoning Board of Appeals web packet for April 7 contains, among other things, a letter from the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce concerning their issues with the Land Development Code Board and Commission Review Draft-April 7, 2011 (312-page PDF). These concerns surfaced at last week’s Northfield City Council meeting (see pages 1-23 of the April 12 council packet).
The Planning Commission packet states on Page 33:
The letter from Chamber Board of Directors contains five broad points that are not specific but contain content that the Commission should be able to respond to. These five broad points can be summarized as follows:
1. Land Development Code needs more flexibility for commercial areas to allow for business diversity.
2. The Code needs to identify areas for industrial development, specifically the proposed Business Park.
3. Restrictions on college owned property undermines their ability to effectively utilize their property.
4. Residential zoned areas need more flexibility so property owners can build what customers want to live in.
5. The LDC should include a statement that contains a streamlined process to change the LDC.
The Chamber of Commerce also stressed that specific comments from builders and developers be viewed as comment from the Chamber as well. The comments from the builder/developers are much more specific and contain 18 comments in total, 13 comments relate to commercial regulations, and five comments relate to residential regulations.
The letter from the Chamber starts on page 37 of the packet.