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Crosslake to host land-use workshop on new ordinance

CROSSLAKE — The city of Crosslake will host a land use workshop regarding land use permit regulations and requirements.

The workshop is planned 9 a.m. to noon April 3 at the Crosslake City Hall, 37028 County Road 66. The workshop is being developed for contractors working around lakes in Crosslake, but all are welcome to attend.

The city council approved revisions to the land use ordinance and zoning map March 10. The ordinance revision was a collaboration between the city and Crow Wing County.

Summary of the changes to the ordinance and map:

■ 175 fewer pages than previous ordinance, with improved organization and accessibility.

■ Reduced zoning districts from 16 to seven.

■ Stormwater management required on all permits for lake lots where impervious surfaces exceed 15 percent.

■ Shoreline buffers required on all permits for lake lots where impervious surfaces exceed 20 percent.

■ 120-square-foot water-oriented accessory structure (shed) allowed by shoreline, must be 20 feet from the lake.

“We believe that folks want to do the right thing when it comes to their property,” said Chris Pence, land services supervisor, in a news release. “This workshop is an opportunity to learn and understand rules and regulations for developing and improving property within Crosslake.”

The ordinance mirrors key provisions of the county ordinance, which was overhauled in 2011.

“Landowners, contractors and other professionals deserve a consistent set of rules and excellent customer service,” Pence said. “This will result in more protection of our water resources as well.”

Included in the slimmed-down version of the ordinance are a set of performance standards for lake lots that need to be adhered to as a condition for receiving land-use permits from the city. These site-based performance standards apply practical approaches based on the actual characteristics of a property, the county reported. The standards are designed to achieve measurable results in achieving the goal of keeping lakes healthy. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to land use, site specific performance standards, such as stormwater management, vegetated buffers and septic system maintenance are part of the ordinance.

“This is a great example of Crosslake and Crow Wing County working together to provide better services for its citizens at a lower cost,” said Crosslake Mayor Darrell Schneider in the news release.

For more information, contact Crosslake City Hall at 218-692-2689 or to discuss land-use questions.

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