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BRAINERD CITY COUNCIL: Zoning changes scheduled for one last public hearing

The public will have one more chance to comment on the proposed zoning map revisions being proposed by Brainerd. 

The Brainerd City Council on Tuesday held the first reading on an ordinance updating the zoning map. A public hearing, final reading and consideration of adoption will be held Sept. 19. 

The Planning Commission has been working on the update for the past year and-a-half and features numerous proposed changes, including a reduction in the number of zones that allow multi-family housing, creating a Washington Street commercial district and the creation of another single-family residential zone. 

The zoning map may be viewed at the city’s website, 

On Tuesday, Beaver Dam Road property owner James Uhlman said he would prefer his property be commercial rather than multi-family residential. He had several questions about what the city planned for the area, and noted he wants to sell the property. A neighbor, Steve Eide, said he would prefer to see the area as single-family residential. 

Brainerd Mayor James Wallin said he didn’t like to see Kingwood Street rezoned to all single-family residential when from North Fourth to North Eighth street sit is essentially all apartments. 

Council member Kelly Bevans made a motion to have Uhlman’s property zoned rural residential to match the surrounding area, which was approved unanimously; and a motion to follow the Planning Commission’s recommendation to make Kingwood all single-family residential, which was defeated by a 4-3 vote with council members Mary Koep, Kevin Goedker, Lucy Nesheim and Bob Olson against. Bevans voted against the first reading of the ordinance. 

In other action, the council:

Approved retaining Matt Mallie as the city’s misdemeanor prosecutor. 

Held the first reading on a proposed ordinance making it illegal for non-residents or non-property owners to place items curbside for any city-wide clean-up effort. City Administrator Dan Vogt noted there were problems with people coming from outside of the city to place items on the curb. A public hearing will be Sept. 19. 

Approved the closure of East River Road from Front to Laurel streets for the 9/11 memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Set a budget workshop at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28. 

Approved providing water and sewer services for the Brainerd Lakes Curling Association’s facility at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds at a rate of 200 percent provided sewer and water accessibility charges and all other expenditures are paid by the association. Nesheim voted against because while the city has offered the same for the fair board, the association was a private club and the city has a policy of annexation for property owners who want city services. 

Denied by a 4-3 vote parking passes for Ed Shaw’s law firm at 722 S. Sixth St. Shaw had requested the passes because of limited space for clients and tenants. The passes would have been for the two-hour limit parking spots on South Sixth Street. Bevans noted the past problem the city had in issuing parking passes in downtown Brainerd. 

Approved the closure of Kingwood Street from North 10th Street to the parking lot in front of Franklin Art Center from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 for a tailgate party by The Journey North Church. 

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at or 855-5857.