The Winona County Planning Commission will discuss a zoning ordinance amendment on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the County Government Center on Main Street.
The ordinance amendment, proposed by commissioner Steve Jacob, would lift the “nonconforming” label from thousands of homes and feedlots throughout the county that complied with the county’s land use rules when they were built, but do not conform to the current zoning ordinance. It would expand the “Rural Heritage” district to all structures that were legally established prior to March 15, 2011, when the new zoning ordinance took effect. Under the current ordinance language, those structures would not be allowed to expand, but under the proposed amendment, they would be allowed to expand or add an accessory structure within 300 feet of the existing home or feedlot. Any expansion would have to comply with setbacks from the 1970 version of the ordinance, as well as any state or federal setback requirements. The new bluff and steep-slope setbacks would not apply to the 300-foot radius expansion area around the structure.
The Planning Commission is also expected to schedule a public hearing on the ordinance amendment and vote on a recommendation following the hearing, which would be forwarded to the County Board for consideration with a final vote.