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Winona County zoning ordinance is working (11/01/2013)
From: Bob Redig

The present Winona County Zoning Ordinance (WCZO) is working fine. No conditional use permits (CUP) have been denied.The CUPs and variance hearings give both parties a chance to negotiate accommodations and this is exactly what happened in a recent case before the Board of Adjustment and the Planning Commission. With the proposed changes neighbors would not be informed and have no input on plans that may grossly adversely affect them. Because permitees are being asked to “jump through more hoops” it would be fair for the county taxpayers to bear more of the dollar cost in protecting all of the county’s interests. While the present WCZO had overwhelming support from the county commissioners (4-1), the present proposals do not seem to have that kind of support. The repeatedly stated reason for the lone commissioner’s no vote was that the Comprehensive Plan should be updated first — to be consistent that vote would remain no. While the Planning Commission’s vote was decisive it was by no means unanimous. Also the Planning Commission was not at full strength at the vote and included the vote of the county commissioner who gets to vote twice on the self proposed amendments. Thus it seems that the changes do not have the legal votes to pass at this time and exposes Winona County. 

 

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