Public Notices

Ordinance Amendment (Cup Amendment and Site Plan Review for “Vision Enterprises/United Bus Sales Parking Lot Expansion)

You are hereby notified that the Big Lake Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in order to consider development applications pertaining to a project known as “Vision Enterprises/United Bus Sales Parking Lot Expansion”. The public hearing will be held in the Big Lake City Council Chambers located at 160 Lake Street North, Big Lake, MN on: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at or about 6:30 p.m.

Applicant:    Monique Hoglund Bergan

Parcel Identification Number:     #     65-557-0105

The Applicant is seeking approval of several development applications relating to a proposal to allow expanded bus sales in the I-2 General Industrial Zoning District and to construct an expansion for an existing parking lot at 16676 197th Ave NW to accommodate additional bus sales. 

At present, the Applicant has been granted permission to have bus sales on the premises only up to 30% of the floor area of the principal use or roughly 9,600 square feet of bus sales area based on the floor area of the existing structures. This use is regulated under a conditional use permit (CUP). The applicant is seeking a code amendment to allow bus sales as a larger side business or bus sales as a principal business. 

The Applicant has applied for the following approvals:

  • An Ordinance Amendment to the I-2 General Industrial Zoning District to allow United Bus’s expansion project to proceed as proposed
  • A Conditional Use Permit to allow an expansion of bus sales and surface parking lot.
  • A Site and Building Plan review

Both oral and written comments will be considered by the Planning Commission.  If you desire to be heard in reference to this matter, you should attend this hearing or submit written comments to City Hall.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sara S.W. Roman, Consultant Planner at 612-638-0227or swoolf@biglakemn.org.

Ordinance Amendment (Nonconformity)

You are hereby notified that the Big Lake Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider an ordinance amendment. The public hearing will be held in the Big Lake City Hall Council Chambers located at 160 Lake Street North on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at or about 6:30 p.m.

Applicant:    City of Big Lake, 160 Lake Street N, Big Lake MN 55309

The existing nonconformity ordinance, also known as the “grandfather ordinance” is no longer compliant with State Statute. In 2017, the Planning Commission and City Council asked City staff to prepare a revision to the ordinance to bring the ordinance into compliance with State Statute and to revise ordinance language that was deemed too strict. Revised ordinance language has been drafted based on best practices and Minnesota case law. In addition to fixing issues with noncompliance with State Law, revising the nonconformity ordinance will help implement the following goal of Big Lake’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan:

Land Use and Growth Management Plan

Residential Neighborhoods

6. Older Neighborhoods: Continue to review zoning regulations that apply to the older neighborhoods so as to accommodate the nonconforming status of dwellings that were caused by setback or area requirements.

The Big Lake Planning Commission will formally review the proposed modifications to the nonconformity rule and will make a recommendation to the City Council. The draft ordinance would do the following:

  1. Align the nonconformity ordinance with State Statute in regards to allowing replacement and improvement of nonconforming structures in addition to maintenance and repair.
  2. Align the nonconformity ordinance with State Statute in regards to amortization.
  3. Align the nonconformity ordinance with State Statute in regards to the rules for when a nonconforming structure is destroyed by disaster.
  4. Allow nonconforming buildings with conforming uses to be expanded as long as the expansion itself complies with the zoning code.
  5. Clarify that when someone tears down a grandfathered building and rebuilds it, they are no longer permitted to expand that building without obtaining a variance.

Both oral and written comments will be considered by the Planning Commission.  If you desire to be heard in reference to these matters, you should attend this hearing or submit written comments to City Hall prior to the hearing.  Comments can be emailed to Consultant Planner Sara Roman at swoolf@biglakemn.org.

Ordinance Amendment (Accessory Structures)

You are hereby notified that the Big Lake Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider an ordinance amendment. The public hearing will be held in the Big Lake City Hall Council Chambers located at 160 Lake Street North on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at or about 6:30 p.m.

Applicant:    City of Big Lake, 160 Lake Street N, Big Lake MN 55309

As the City Code is currently written, households with attached garages are able to have a large amount of accessory building space and households without attached garages are much more limited. The disparity was brought to City Council’s attention during the recent review of a variance for a garage addition.  This is an accidental side effect of evolutions in the zoning code that have taken place over the last several years. The City Council requested that the Planning Commission review the Code’s rules for accessory building area to eliminate disparities that exist between households that have attached garages and households that do not. As proposed, the Code would essentially be left “as-is” for properties with attached garages but properties without attached garages would be granted an additional allowance to eliminate the disparity.

The Big Lake Planning Commission will formally review the proposed modifications to the detached accessory structure rule and will make a recommendation to the City Council. The revised rule would read in the following manner:

Subd. 1.    Within the A, R-1, R-1E, R-2, and R-5 Zoning Districts, properties that have a dwelling with an attached garage of any size shall be limited to a maximum total combined area of 1,200 square feet of detached accessory buildings. The attached garage will not count towards this total.

Subd. 2.     Within the A, R-1, R-1E, R-2 and R-5 Zoning Districts, properties that have a dwelling without an attached garage shall be limited to a total combined area of 1,800 square feet of detached accessory buildings. For any property in these zoning districts with more than 1,200 square feet of detached accessory building area, the construction of an attached garage or conversion of any portion of the dwelling into an attached garage shall not be permitted.

Both oral and written comments will be considered by the Planning Commission.  If you desire to be heard in reference to these matters, you should attend this hearing or submit written comments to City Hall prior to the hearing.  Comments can be emailed to Consultant Planner Sara Roman at swoolf@biglakemn.org.

Ordinance No. 2019-14

The City received a Petition for Annexation for Parcel No. 10-560-0115 from the property owners. The land meets all requirements of MN Statutes 414.033, Subdivision 2(3), and the landowner and all adjacent landowners received notice of the required public hearing pursuant to MN Statutes 414.033, Subdivision 13. The Big Lake City Council has approved an Annexation by Ordinance pursuant to MN Statutes 414.033, Subdivision 2(3). The A printed copy of the Ordinance is available for inspection during regular office hours in the office of the City Clerk. Adopted by the Big Lake City Council this 13th day of November, 2019.

Ordinance No. 2019-13

The Big Lake City Code is amended to add Theft and Property Damage violations to Section 500.03 (Public Nuisances Affecting Morals and Decency). Items added to Section 500.03 include: E. Theft.  Whoever intentionally and without claim of right takes, uses, transfers, conceals or retains possession of movable property of another without the other’s consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of the property shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. F. Property Damage.  Whoever intentionally causes damage to physical property of another without the latter’s consent shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. A printed copy of the Ordinance is available for inspection during regular office hours in the office of the City Clerk. Adopted by the Big Lake City Council this 13th day of November, 2019.