Planning & Zoning Minutes

March 4, 2014




March 4, 2014

  A rescheduled meeting of the Saint Peter Planning & Zoning Commission was called to order at 5:36 pm p.m. by Community Development Director Russ Wille.  Commission members present were Chuck Zieman, Jerry Harty, John Kvamme and Cole Turrittin.  Absent were members Chelsea Alger, Joey Hulsebus, and Eil Hoehn.  City staff present was Director of Community Development Russ Wille, Administrative Secretary Cindy Moulton, and Public Works Director Lewis Giesking.  Visitors present were Warren Smith and Nate Myhra of Survey Services.


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


 A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Kvamme to approve the minutes of the December 3, 2013 meeting.  All voting in favor, the motion carried.

 Election of Officers

 A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Zieman to appoint Jerry Harty as Chairperson.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.  A motion was made by Kvamme seconded by Zieman to appoint Turritin Vice Chairperson.  All members voting aye, the motion carried.

 Registered Land Survey #65

Wille stated that Paul and Maureen Tanis own Lot 4, Block 2 in Pine Pointe Subd.3 in Saint Peter.  The Tanis’ are seeking to split lot 4 into two separate parcels as shown on the engineering diagram submitted. If approved, RLS #65 would create Parcel A and Parcel B.

Tract A would be sold for the development of a single family home.  Tract B would be sold  to Dr. Marlow who owns the abutting five parcels to the south of Lot 4.

Wille said that both lots would be in compliance with the conditions and regulations of the applicable ordinances.  Upon the sale of Tract B to Marlow, Tract B could not be independently developed given that it does not meet the minimum width requirements of the R-3 Multi-Residential Family-Residential zoning distract

Members also asked if there was a development agreement with Marlow to purchase the lot.  The members did not want a lot that was left undevelopable.

A motion was made by Zieman, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No.2014- 1 entitled, “Resolution Approving Waiver Of Subdivision For Lot 4, Block 2, Pine Pointe Subdivision No. 3 City Of Saint Peter, Nicollet County, Minnesota And Accepting Registered Land Survey No. 65 with the addition   

Vacate Abandon TH295

Wille explained that the City, in cooperation with the State Department of Administration and  MNDOT, provided for the redesign and reconstruction of Washington Avenue as it enters the campus of the Regional Treatment Center and further connects to Hwy 169. 

Prior to the reconstruction, the City of Saint Peter adopted Road Right of Way Plat No. 1 which established the new sections of road right-of-way.  Wille said it is appropriate at this time to take official action to vacate the unused portions of right-of-way since it is abandoned and is no longer necessary for transportation purposes.

A motion was made by Kvamme, seconded by Turritin to introduce Resolution No. 2014-02 entitled, “ Resolution Recommending That The Saint Peter City Council Approve The Vacation Of Those Sections Of Washington Avenue, TH 295 And TH333 Abandoned Upon The 2011 Realignment Of Washington Avenue”.  All members voting aye, the Resolution was passed and adopted.

ROW Plat #3

Wille explained that the city has proposed to construct it’s first round-about at the intersection of St. Julien and Old Minnesota Ave.

To accommodate the redesign of the intersection, it is necessary to adopt a plat providing the additional right-of-way necessary for construction.  The properties involved are Northern Con Ag, Skrove Automotive which have both consented.  Additional properties involved that have not consented include CarQuest, Holiday, and McDonalds.  The City has already secured temporary easements from Ryan Wenner and the Traverse Mall site north of Holiday. 

Notices have been sent to the property owners within 350’ of the subject property.  A public hearing has been scheduled for April 1, 2014 at the Planning and Zoning meeting.

Welco West No. 2 - Replatting

Wille reported that the Welco West subdivision was subject to tax forfeiture.  Nicollet County withheld the parcels from the Sheriff’s auction at the request of the City as such as they attempted to negotiate the redevelopment of the property.                         

Wille said proposals were sent to area realtors, contractors, and developers for the redevelopment of the Welco Development.  Drummer Construction’s proposal was the most advantageous and most in line with the needs identified in the 2012 Housing Study. 

Wille stated that with the consent of Nicollet County and the MN Department of Revenue the City has sold the defunct Welco West property to Michael and Julie Drummer for redevelopment.

As the property is currently platted, it will not accommodate Drummers construction plans of 11 townhouses, 32 single family homes, and a 40 unit multi-family residential dwelling, therefore the property needs to be re-platted.  Drummer has contracted with Survey Services to prepare the materials necessary to accomplish the re-platting. 

Warren Smith stated that Drummer plans to construct 12 townhouses versus 11.

It was mentioned that with the re-platting of the property, there will be abandoned water and sewer lines that will need to be removed as per City policy.  The lines will need to be removed before Certificates of Occupancy can be issued.

Zieman asked who was going to maintain the sidewalk that will be constructed between lots 26 and 27 which will connect to Nicollet Avenue.  Smith stated the association would be responsible for snow removal and maintenance.

A public hearing has been scheduled on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Planning and Zoning meeting.

A public hearing will beheld at the April 1, 2014 Planning and Zoning meeting. 


A motion was made by Turritin, seconded by Zieman to adjourn.  All in favor the meeting adjourned at 6:17 p.m.

A workshop was held after the meeting.