Planning panel tables permit for cell phone tower

NEW ULM – The Brown County Planning Commission unanimously approved the renewal of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in Section 5 of Lake Hanska Township on Tuesday.

The application was made by L&L Pork Enterprise, owned by Lynn Ahlness. It allows up to 600 Animal Units (1,500 head sows) in a hog gestation and farrowing operation in the A-1 Agricultural Protection Zone.

The commission tabled until the Aug. 12 meeting, a CUP application by Verizon Wireless, which is owned by Midwest Wireless Communications, LLC), to continue to use a 180-foot cell tower in the A-1 Agricultural Protection District in Section 10, Cottonwood Township.

The application will be reviewed by the Brown County attorney to consider easements and determine if it meets current requirements for the 180-foot tower and a 400-foot tower at the site.

In other action, commissioners approved:

Final plat applications of Doug Mathiowetz, Laurie Zuhlsdorf and Ronald and Laura Horman, Section 6, Stark Township, for three existing lots being re-platted to acquire an additional acre on their west side. Owners are drafting an access easement from a private road on the south side of a subdivision, to be recorded when complete.

Single-lot splits by Dean Moll, Section 33, Home Township; and Jerome Moldan, Section 36, Eden Township. Properties being platted are existing home sites being split off tillable land.

Assistant Zoning Director Desiree Hohenstein said Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) representatives will soon visit New Ulm, Hanska, Evan and several townships regarding recent infrastructure flooding damage. Hohenstein said her office has been busy documenting county flood damage.

Commission recommendations will be considered at the Tuesday, July 15 county board meeting.

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