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Crow Wing County Board approves changes for Peaceful Harbor

Once a small resort with a few cabins, Peaceful Harbor Shores is going through another transformation.

Tuesday, the Crow Wing County Board approved Peaceful Harbor resortominium plans for the Rush Lake property in Ideal Township near Pequot Lakes. Peaceful Harbor is off Milinda Shores Road.

The most recent change to the land use map has the 3.9 acres Peaceful Harbor moving from waterfront commercial to shoreland district.

In 2010, the county approved rezoning Peaceful Harbor land from shoreland residential to waterfront commercial.

The most recent plan for Peaceful Harbor is to convert the mobile home park and one common lot into 26 residential lots and one common lot using a conservation design. In 2010, the county granted a conditional use permit for 27 mobile homes. The mobile homes were to be owned individually with the land owned by the resortominium.

The county noted a similar use at Golden Harbor is next door. The county reported the site met the county goal of encouraging housing options for different socio-economic groups.

The plan calls for a reduction in docks and mooring sites going from 16 docks to 13 and from 43 mooring sites to 26. The dwellings are to be used on a seasonal basis and not year-round. A criticism came as the development was first commercial, which allowed the 26-unit density and now is moving to residential.

Requirement with the land use amendment included maintaining a vegetation buffer on property lines, completing a stormwater management plan and no net gain of units in the future.

The board also approved an amendment to the land use map to go from rural residential 2.5 acre zoning to commercial 2 for 5.10 acres off Butternut Point Road and County Road 16 in Ideal Township. The township wants to put a 1,771-square-foot addition on the north of the existing town hall. The township reported the addition would allow updated bathrooms and provide a room for meetings and fire department training. One comment for the public hearing on the zoning change said commercial zoning was inconsistent with the surroundings and encourages a treeless area in what the writer considered spot zoning. The county’s planning commission said the reclassification fit in the county’s comprehensive plan to encourage diverse business and livable wage employment and doesn’t signal a change in how the property is currently used.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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