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Crosslake planning and zoning implements development review team

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake Planning and Zoning Department is implementing a new pre-application process for all public hearing applications called the Development Review Team (DRT).

The DRT assists customers through the planning and zoning process by providing clear, consistent and accurate information.

The process brings together the applicant, city representatives, other government agencies and planning and zoning staff to ensure all issues are considered before a public hearing application such as a variance, conditional use permit or plat is submitted. The DRT will provide the applicant an advisory review prior to submittal of a completed application. Depending on the nature of the request, the applicant can expect questions about stormwater management, septic system compliance, location of new septic systems, reasons for land use map amendments and general ordinance requirements.

“We believe that folks want to do the right thing when it comes to their property,” said Land Services supervisor Chris Pence in a news release, adding DRT “helps our customers through the public hearing process by providing feedback before they apply.”

Crosslake’s new DRT process is modeled after the one implemented by the Crow Wing County Land Services Department in 2009. Crosslake also recently revised its land use ordinance to mirror key provisions of the county ordinance. These include performance standards for lake lots designed to protect water quality, site specific standards such as stormwater management, vegetated buffers and septic system maintenance.

Other changes to the ordinance include:

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

• Reduced zoning districts from 16 to 7.

• 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.

The DRT meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at the Crosslake City Hall.

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

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