County planners OK plat applications

Discuss super-majority requirements

NEW ULM — The Brown County Planning Commission approved a final plate application and four preliminary plat applications Tuesday.

A final plat application filed by Casandra Anderson was approved by a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Brian Braun cast the dissenting vote. The 4.85 acre parcel being platted in Section 28, Burnstown Township, is an existing building site being split off from tilled ground.

Preliminary plat applications unanimously approved were filed by:

• Michael Carpenter, Section 4, Eden Township. The first 5.47 acre parcel is an existing platted lot being expanded to allow current structures to meet required setbacks. The second 34.27 acre lot is gaining access to a township road. The remaining is wooded land.

Gary Meinart, who said he lives west of the property, said he was not aware of a surveying pin defining the lot. He was told to call Bolton & Menk, Inc. and ask them to meet him at the property to show him where the pin was.

• Troy Windschitl, Section 25, Burnstown Township. The 5.64 acre parcel is being platted in an existing building site being split off from tilled ground.

• Darlene Hansen, Section 9, Prairieville Township. The 2.50 acre parcel is land being split off from tillable land.

• Jeannie Munsterman, Section 20, Albin Township. The 8.45 acre parcel is being platted in an existing building site being split off from tilled ground.

Planning Commission recommendations will be considered by the Brown County Board of Commissioners at about 10 a.m., Aug. 21.

Commissioner Dennis Potter said he would prefer “uniformity” that would not require the Brown County Board of Commissioners to approve Conditional Use Permits only with a “super majority” (4/5ths vote) as was required at a recent board meeting. Brown County Administrator Chuck Enter said Brown County also requires a super majority vote to approve rezoning resolutions.

Brown County Zoning Administrator Laine Sletta said Brown County is one of only two southern Minnesota counties that require a super majority vote for certain resolutions.

“We don’t have to make a decision today, but I wanted to discuss it. I feel it’s important,” Potter said.

fbusch@nujournal.com

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