Permit for CrossFit approved

By Clay Schuldt

Staff Writer

NEW ULM – The Planning Commission approved Thursday a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for CrossFit fitness center at 509 North 20th Street, the former site for Twin Rivers Archery and Outdoors.

During a preliminary public hearing on the CUP, Community Development Director David Schnobrich reported that while fitness centers are not permitted in Planned Industrial District, but a CUP could be granted on the grounds that CrossFit qualified as a community center with educational purposes.

Previous CUPs have been granted to similar facilities located in industrial zones. In addition the commission determined the fitness center would not diminish property values in the vicinity, or be detrimental to the health and well being of residents.

Business owner Jeff Toomer told commission members that New Ulm CrossFit would be open Monday through Friday and every other Saturday.

New Ulm Steel and

Recycling Noise Issue

Schnobrich provided information on the New Ulm Steel and Recycling noise issue.

During the last year the City Council received complaints regarding noise and explosions associated with the recycling and shredding operation at the business. It was determined that NUSR violated City noise ordinance with frequencies above 400 Hertz.

However, it was also determined the city noise ordinance was more strict than most Minnesota cities. The Council chose to revise the city’s noise ordinance to be in line with the standard used by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. This change requires an amendment to the zoning ordinance and a public hearing by the Planning Commission.

The change would allow NUSR to fall within the limits of the noise ordinance. Along with this change, NUSR agreed to reduce the amount of noise generated by the recycling/shredder operations. The fence surrounding the facility would be increased in height. NUSR had already received a CUP to install an 8-foot fence on three different property lines. In certain locations the fence would be increased to 12 feet, which require further permits. Public hearings on these issues are scheduled for April 25.

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