02/12/2020 Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes

Chair Mike Schell presided and called the meeting to order at 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020. Committee Members present: Jim Wright, Bill Carlblom, Jeff Erickson, Bobby Koepplin and Dave Carlsrud. Joe Faure was absent.

Others: City Building Inspector Dave Andersen, City Assessor/Acting Secretary Sandy Hansen, City Attorney Carl Martinek, Brian Heath and Chad Petersen representing KLJ; Mark Swanberg was in the audience. On the phone, Chris Johnson from CEI Engineering, and Steve Walters from Love’s.

Jim Wright moved to approve the Minutes of the January 8th regular meeting, seconded by Bill Carlblom, followed by roll call and approval.

Public Hearing for Conditional Use Permit for Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store development. Request submitted by CIT Engineering & Associates, Inc for Love’s.

Chair Schell opened the public hearing and with no public input or comments, Bobby Koepplin moved to close the hearing with Wright seconding. Internal conversation was opened. A conditional use permit is required for the proposed 2800 square foot of food service in a light industrial zone. Chris Johnson from CEI Engineering, and Steve Walters from Love’s remarked by conference call that they wanted to be sure they were following all standards & codes required by the city. They also said the preliminary plat should be approved in the next week or so and sent in so plans could go forward. As no concerns or questions were presented by the board or public, Carlblom moved to recommend a do pass to the City Commission; Jeff Erickson seconded followed by unanimous approval. The reps thanked them for the opportunity to call in rather than travel, allowing them to handle business through a conference call.

Information regarding possible replat of Lot 1 Block 1 Greenline Deere 2nd Addition

Brian Heath of KLJ asked for time before the board as he wanted them to have a heads up on a replat of the Greenline Deere Addition for the proposed jail site to accommodate a 70’ access road. This is next to the land the City leases to the National Guard and the proposed 35’ wide road would straddle some of that property. There were some questions as to the placement of the road and also locations for a detention pond; Heath conceded that the current plan is tight regarding square footage and the neighboring lot owned by the Development Corp, and they wanted clarity so plans were ready to move ahead. Chair Schell interjected that the Planning & Zoning board won’t be deciding where the road is without a plat so they should move on.

Building/Fire Inspector Dave Andersen’s Report

Dave Andersen mentioned that John Deere Implement was looking for some infrastructure help for the city, Love’s Travel Stop should begin building soon, and the Valley City State University’s new music building is still up in the air but he should know soon when construction would start.


With no other items to discuss, Chair Schell called for the meeting to close at 4:20pm.

Submitted by:

City Assessor Sandy Hansen, Acting Secretary

Posted in Planning & Zoning Minutes.