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Planning Commission to consider four-plex project on N. 6th St.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt A Conditional Use Permit for the property at 1406-1446 North 6th Street near the New Ulm Diocese offices will come before the Planning Commission Wednesday. The permit would allow three four-plexes to be built on the site.

NEW ULM — A permit for a Community Unit Project at the 1400 Block of North 6th Street will come before the Planning Commission, Wednesday.

Mike Kral, on behalf of M & D Properties, requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a Community Unit Project at the street address 1406-1446 North 6th Street. The project is legally described as part of Oak Bluffs Eighth Addition.

The New Ulm City Council will review the final plat for this project following a Public Hearing on Sept.15. The owner of the plat intends to build multi-family homes between 6th North and 7th North in the lot adjacent to the New Ulm Diocese offices. The location is zoned to allow multi-family residences.

During the hearing, neighbors in the Oak Bluff First Addition voiced their opposition to this plan. Several neighboring residences objected on the grounds this development could reduce property values. Some had purchased homes in the neighborhood with the understanding this land would remain undeveloped.

The council was also presented with a petition signed by over 100 people in the area requesting the development be limited to higher-price single-family homes. However, the council did not have the authority to restrict zoning to single-family homes. The property had been zoned for multi-residential uses since 1968. The M&D Properties proposal was lawful. The council unanimously approved the plat.

The CUP coming before the Planning Commission would allow the construction of three four-plexes on the property.

City staff is recommending approval of the permit, as it complies with zoning requirements and there is a need for this type of housing in the New Ulm community.

The Commission will also consider a permit from Stephen Akre to allow a storage building on the property in a service business district (B-2). The property is located at 1710 S. Minnesota Street near the McDonald’s and Perkins Restaurants.

Storage facilities are permitted in Industrial districts. A permit is required to place one in a business district.

Staff is recommending this approval. Similar permits have been approved in this area and a storage building would have less intense use than most other allowed business service activities.

The final plat for the Airport Industrial Park is expected to be approved by the Commission. The land is located at 2216 Jacobs Street at is 13.65 acres. The preliminary plat was approved on Dec. 15.

The land needs to be plated before any potential development.

Ryan Herzog is requesting a simple lot division for a property at 2007 N. Spring Street. The property has a width of 100 feet with a total area of 30,900 square feet. Herzog is requesting to divide the property into two 50 foot wide parcels.

Staff is recommending approval as it complies with City Code requirements.

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