Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes October 1, 1013

October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

The regular scheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Joey Hulsebus.  Commission members present were Hulsebus, Chuck Zieman, Jerry Harty, John Kvamme, Cole Turrittin, and Eli Hoehn.  Absent was Chelsea Alger.  City staff present was Director of Community Development Russ Wille, Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton.  Visitors present were Certified Professional Midwife Erika Urban and Joe Urban.  


A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Harty to approve the agenda as presented.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.


A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Hoehn to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.


Birthing Center Ordinance Amendment

Erika Urban, A certified Professional Midwife, attended a previous Planning & Zoning meeting and expressed her interest in establishing a birthing center in a residence in proximity to the former Saint Peter Community Hospital block.  Wille indicated that at the present time, a birthing center was not a use contemplated within the roster of use classifications.

At the previous Planning Commission meeting, Wille was directed to prepare an ordinance for the Commission’s consideration which would establish a birthing center use classification.  The Commission suggested that once the use classification was established, birthing centers should be allowed as a conditional with the R-2, R-3, RP-1, C-3, C-4 and C-5 zoning districts.

Discussion was held.  It was noted that a birthing center cannot be a residence or a hospital.

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Harty to introduce Resolution No. 2013-09 entitled, “A Resolution Recommending That The City Council Amend Saint Peter City Code, Chapter 24, To Establish A Birthing Center Use Classification And Allowing For Development Of Such As A Conditional Use In Various Zoning Districts” with the correction of the typo “R-2 to R-3”.   All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

Brammer Alley Vacation

Wille stated that Leila Brammer (129 South Seventh Street), has submitted a request to vacate the portion of the east-west alley in Block 104, Patch’s Addition to the City of Saint Peter lying adjacent to Lots 10 & 11 Patch’s Addition.  Wille indicated that the requested vacation is outside of the Amended Plat which is within the jurisdiction of the City.

Brammer is also seeking to vacate the remainder of the east-west alley within Block 104 Patch’s Addition.   He stated that the remainder of the alley is located in the Amended Plat, which the City has no jurisdiction.  Wille said the vacation is being sought from the other owners of property within Block 104, Patch’s Addition.  He indicated that 100% of the property owners within the block need to sign the petition to vacate the alley and it is their responsibility to have it recorded.

Wille said the Petitioner was previously granted a deed to the north six (6) feet of the east-west alley within Block104, Patch’s Addition.  Title objections to the Petitioner’s ownership of said portion of the alley have been raised indicating that the alley had not been properly vacated.  Brammer is seeking to vacate the alley to provide clear title.

Zieman asked if it was a valid petition if Brammer no longer owned the home, as the home was for sale and may have been sold.  Wille will check with the realtor that had the home listed.

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2013-10 entitled, “Resolution Recommending That The City Council Approve The Petition To Vacate That Portion Of The East-West Alley in Block 104, Patch’s Addition To The City Of Saint Peter Lying Adjacent To Lots 10 & 11, Block 104, Patch’s Addition” subject to the verification of ownership and the signed petition by the new owner if applicable.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.


Welco West (Westerman Lumber) – Wille reported that Request For Proposal (RFP) have been mailed to builders.

Roundabout – The decision has been made to construct a roundabout at Old Minnesota and St. Julien.  Zieman suggested that the City provide an opportunity for the elderly and others to familiarize themselves with roundabouts.

Former Julee’s Jewelry – Heather Beran will be moving her salon into the former Julee’s Jewelry.

A motion was made by Harty, seconded by Turrittin to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 6:02 p.m.