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There’s a near-secret public hearing tonight on the proposed Land Development Code

Land Development Code Board and Commission Review Draft-July 7, 2011The Northfield Planning Commission is holding a public hearing tonight "to hear comments on the proposed Land Development Code (LDC) and make a recommendation to the City Council to approve."

Publicity on the public hearing (7 pm City Hall) appears to be near-zilch.

Nothing recent posted on:

KYMN has brief blog post on it (link broken as of 4pm) because they’re streaming the meeting.

Last week, Councilor Betsey Buckheit blogged about it:

The Planning Commission has devoted an amazing amount of time and effort to this project to craft regulations which are specific to Northfield.   The Planning Commission has worked with the Chamber of Commerce on both commercial and residential regulations, with both colleges on the regulations affecting their campuses and the relation of the campuses to their surrounding neighborhoods, and held public meetings and information sessions. Thank you – it is more than we should ask of our volunteers, but you demanded that the revision be done and I applaud your efforts.

Chamber of Commerce raises concerns about the proposed Land Development Code

Land Development Code Board and Commission Review Draft-April 7, 2011 Zoning Map draft
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.

Land Development Code update

(Originally posted on my CityCommons.net blog.)

Thanks to the City Council, the Planning Commission, and especially to Tim Freeland of KYMN Radio and City Councillor Betsey Buckheit for making my job easier.

First, a quick update on the LDC from this morning’s KYMN Radio newscast.

Next, the video of last week’s presentation to the City Council on the Land Development Code as it relates to existing (“built residential”) neighborhoods:

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Podcast: Alice Thomas on the old Tires Plus site ruling, Land Development Code process

Tracy Davis, Alice Thomas, Griff Wigley, Ross CurrierOur guest: Alice Thomas, member of the City of Northfield Planning Commission-Zoning Board of Appeals (PC-ZBA). We discussed their recent ruling on the old Tires Plus property (Lansing garden center) as well as the Land Development Code (LDC). I’ve turned off comments on this post; continue discussion on Tracy’s post from last week.


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Podcast: Planning Commissioner Alice Thomas on the Land Development Code

Alice Thomas, Ross Currier, Tracy Davis Our guest this week: City of Northfield Planning Commission member Alice Thomas. After our usual time-wasting fluff segment, we talked with her about the current process for revising the Land Development Code (LDC), AKA development ordinances, now that the 2008 Comprehensive Plan is finished.

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