Public hearing set for rezoning of property in Little Falls

Use won’t change, just underlying zoning

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

A public hearing to rezone 11 pieces of property within the city of Little Falls is set for Monday night.

Public Works Director Jerry Lochner told the Little Falls City Council that the rezoning will not change the use of the property — just the underlying zoning.

City Finance Officer Lori Kasella said each property in the city must have an underlying zone such as residential, business, commercial, etc. A Planned Unit Development (PUD) is not a zone and the 11 properties are PUDs.

Kasella said adding the underlying zoning is needed to define other land uses.

For instance, if a property owner wanted to add a garage or a shed on their property, the zoning would determine a number of things — whether they could build the garage, what the setback would need to be, if signs could be added, what kind of signs and size of signs could be erected, to name a few.

Some of the properties will be designated with an underlying zoning of one- and two-family residential (R-2), multiple-family residential (R-3), general business district (B-2), noncentral business district (B-3) and heavy industrial district (I-3).

The properties and their underlying zoning include Holy Family Parish and its cemetery and MDI Limited Partnership 88 on Riverwood Drive – R-2; Central Minnesota Together Encountering Christ (TEC) on Riverwood Drive – B-3; Little Falls Housing Partnership on Ann Marie Circle – R-3; Highland Court Townhomes of Little Falls on Fifth Avenue Southeast – R3; Istar Minnesota LLC on Haven Road – I-2; Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau on First Street Southeast – B-2; Linden Hill Conference and Retreat Center on Highland Avenue – B-2; pieces of property with legal descriptions on Highland Avenue near the Mississippi River – R-2 and the Little Falls lift station number one on Highland Avenue – R-2.

The city advertised the public hearing in two issues of the Morrison County Record, and notices were sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the properties to receive an underlying zone.

The Planning Commission’s public hearings on the underlying zoning of the properties will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Falls City Hall.