Planning panel recommends home business permit

NEW ULM — Breanne Te Grotenhuis was recommended by the Planning Commission for a conditional use permit to allow for a home baked goods business in the Dacotah West Addition.

The Planning Commissioned conducted a public hearing Thursday night on whether to approve the permit. No comments were received, and the permit received a unanimous recommendation.

Te Grotenhuis intends to operate her business out of a single-family residence on Dacotah Drive. The application indicates Te Grotenhuis plans to sell a small amount of baked goods to determine the feasibility of transitioning to a larger business.

At this time she plans to make decorated cookies and cupcakes. A couple of vehicles per week are expected to visit the residence. Most of the sales will involve delivery to customers.

The proposed business is required to operate under the Cottage Food Law administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA).

The City has approved home occupation permits in the past and is not aware of any problems associated with the operation of these types of businesses.

The commission also made a recommendation to approve the zoning of property located north of U.S. Highway 14 and west of Somsen Street and the Airport Industrial Park as a Planned Industrial District (I-1).

The property totals 44.62 acres and is currently being farmed. On Jan. 2 the City Council will consider its annexation.

A preliminary plat for the Fairhills Sixth Addition was recommend for approval. The property is located west of Turner Road, at 1314-1422 Maplewood Drive. The property is undeveloped and formerly was a gravel pit. The platted area totals 13.81 acres and will be divided into three blocks.

The recommendation carried a condition that parkland be dedicated for the development.