Panel OKs variances

NEW ULM – The Brown County Board of Adjustment unanimously approved variance applications Wednesday in Stark and Cottonwood Townships.

Applications included Christine Lawrenz’ front yard setback reduction in Section 22, Stark Township from the required 125 feet to 100 feet to the centerline of County Road 10 to allow construction of a 24×36- foot barn addition for more space to shelter animals from weather. The addition in the A-1 Agricultural Protection District will be in line with the existing barn and no closer to CR 10.

Applications approved were:

Douglas Mathiowetz and Laurie Zuhlsdorf from 0.69 acre to proposed 1.13 acre and 0.92 acre respectively and by Ronald and Laura Horman, from 1 acre to proposed 1.33 acres in Section 6, Stark Township.

The variance allows substandard lots by expanding existing lots from their original size through acquisition of additional land. Proposed lot sizes will increase but remain smaller than the current 2.5 acre minimum requirement in the A-1 Agricultural Protection Zone.

David and Jill Tostenrud, Section 9, Cottonwood Township to reduce the rear yard setback from the required 20 feet to 15 feet from the rear property line to allow construction of a 20×31-foot pole shed in the A-1 Agricultural Protection Zone.

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