Planning panel OKs final plat for Old Shade Addition

By Fritz Busch

Staff Writer

NEW ULM – The New Ulm Planning Commission unanimously approved a final plat of the Old Shade Addition on Thursday.

The plat applied for by Marlys Schultz, divides 0.81 acres of property located at 1401 S. Payne St., north of 15th South and west of Upper Wallachei Lane containing a single-family dwelling and detached garage, into 0.41 acre and 0.40 acre lots. New Ulm’s current Comprehensive Plan designates the property R-1 for low density residential land use.

Plat approval conditions include a $179 platting and $330 parkland dedication fees, electronic file of the plat in an AutoCAD2000 or newer format, a 10-foot utility easement adjoining the south property line of both new lots (which is provided on plat).

If conditions are completed, the New Ulm City Council will consider the plat at its Tuesday, June 4 meeting.

Earlier on Thursday, the New Ulm Board of Zoning Adjustment unanimously approved Schultz’ variance applications from the minimum lot depth and rear yard setback requirements of City Code, following Planning Commissioner variance request approval on April 25. The City Council approved the preliminary plat at its May 7, meeting, pending conditions and securing two variances.

New Ulm Community Development Director David Schnobrich said a shed on the first lot has a concrete base that is 8.82 feet, less than the required 10 feet rear yard setback requirement for an accessory building; and lot depth would be 86.73 feet, less than the required 125 feet.

The Planning Commission also:

Reviewed 78 pages of Section 2 – Application Reviews and Procedures revisions being made by Schnobrich and a planning consultant.

“The revision’s purpose is to identify who does what, when and how they do it,” Schnobrich said. “We’re going to put all this information in one location instead of having it in parts of different regulations.”

He added that ultimately, all decisions, including zoning ordinances applications and changes, appeals and others, are the city council’s responsibility.

“This is a pretty extensive update,” said Planning Commission Acting Chair Glenn Rasmussen.

“That’s why we’re using a planning consultant who recently did this for the City of Monticello. We’re also looking at what other comparable Minnesota cities are doing with these issues,” Schnobrich said.

He said the revision will include planned unit development, which would be a new part of zoning and subdivision regulations.

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