Planning panel approves Taco John’s signs

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Planning Commission on Thursday recommended approval of an additional 28 square feet of signage for the Taco John’s on South Broadway.

In August, the commission approved a request from Andrew and Nancy Lilleodden to place an additional 44 square feet of signage above the 200 square feet allowed by the New Ulm City Code for the property. Before Thursday’s meeting staff discovered the variance application had overlooked additional signs at the site. The planning commission recommended approval for the variance at the August meeting, but the Lilleoddens needed to come back for an additional variance to cover the square footage of the overlooked signs.

Commissioner Larry Mack said he recommended the variance last month and was recommending this variance because it was a unique building being retrofitted.

Commissioner Ashley Aukes made the motion to approve the 28 square foot variance with conditions. The motion was unanimously approved.

Final approval will come before the New Ulm City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 6.


A preliminary plat for the M&D Addition on North 19th Street was recommended for approval. The owner plans to construct storage units on a 16-lot block. Of the lots, 15 would be for individually owned storage buildings. The remaining lot would be an open area owned and maintained by the owners of the other 15 lots. The total platted area is 1.69 acres. The city approved a similar type of project in 2004 on North Broadway.

Commissioner Jeff Gulden made the motion to recommend approval. It was unanimously approved by the commission.


A public hearing on a permit application from Jill Peterson to operate a hair salon as a home occupation at 29 Circuit Dr. was tabled. Before a hearing can be held, the city must provide notice of the hearing to all property owners within 350 feet of the property, but this failed to occur in time for the meeting. Until all property owners could be notified, the hearing would need to be postponed. It is expected to come back to the commission in October.


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