Planning panel cleans up plat quirk

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Condition approved a preliminary and final plat of the Second North Street and Linden Street right-of-way.

The applicant for this request was the city of New Ulm. Community Development Director David Schnobrich said this recommendation was part of the cleanup process to update the legal description of the right-of-way. Technically, these were not official streets. The plat approval will correct this oversight.

According to the planning commission agenda, the Linden Street property was acquired in September 1951. The Second North Street property was acquired in June 1939. The areas used as Linden Street and Second North Street were never formally platted as streets.

The new plat designates Linden Street from Second North Street to the northeast 159.07 feet and Second North Street from North Garden Street to the northwest approximately 1,049 feet.

The commission recommended approval of a fence located at the zero-foot property line for a property on Ninth North Street.

The application came from Douglas and Sally Foster to permit a chain link fence. The Fosters planned to place an above-ground pool on the property.

New Ulm Building Official Elwood Zabel said the fence is required for a pool of this size.

Douglas Foster attended the hearing and said the fence was intended for safety, to keep children from getting into the pool.

Other structures have been built within this setback on this alley. Staff believes the chainlink fence would not hinder visibility.

The city has approved similar variance requests and unanimously approved the variance recommendation as the application met the requirements.

Final approval of the variance will be decided during the Tuesday, May 7, city council meeting.

The commission also approved a five-foot rear yard setback and five-foot side yard setback for Darren Zieske to build a utility shed on a property at 1721 Southridge Rd.

Rear yard and side yard setbacks typically require 10 feet. Zieske said the ten yard set backs would place the shed in the center of his backyard. He was hoping to place the shed in the back corner of the yard.

Zieske’s adjoining neighbors are aware of the proposed shed and have no issue with the accessory building.

The commission unanimously approved the variance request. Final approval will come before the city council on May 7.