September 23, 2019 minutes


Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of September 23, 2019 

A regular meeting of the Planning Commission of Alexandria Township was held on the 23rd day of September, 2019 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

Roll Call:  Commission members present were Shad Steinbrecher, Larry Steidl, Linda Dokken-McFann, Mary Hacker and Julie Haar.  Also present were Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk, and Ben Oleson, Township Zoning Administrator.  As said members formed a quorum and the meeting was called to order by Chairman Steidl at 6:00 p.m.

Agenda: Steinbrecher, seconded by Hacker, made a motion to approve the agenda as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Minutes: Dokken-McFann, seconded by Steinbrecher, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 8/26/2019 meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Public Hearing:  none

Zoning Administrator’s Report:  none

New Business:  none

Old Business:  Zoning Administrator Oleson reported that the town had received inquiries about placing commercial storage buildings in areas currently zoned Urban Residential.  At present, “mini-storage” is prohibited in all but the Commercial and Industrial zoning districts, where it is a permitted use.  A “warehouse” is listed as prohibited in all but the Commercial and Industrial zoning districts, where it is a conditional use in the Commercial district and a permitted use in the Industrial zoning district.

Oleson stated that mini-storage units can be categorized two ways:  1) those units which are accessible 24/7; and 2) those units which are deemed time-specific.  It was noted that the size of the units can vary, such as accommodating RVs, etc.

He said the question before the commission is two-fold:  1) to determine whether to allow storage units in residential areas; i.e. Urban Residential (UR), Rural Residential (RR) and Rural Conservation Residential (RCR); and 2) to determine whether the town should designate more areas as Commercial.

The commission reviewed the existing Future Land Use Map.  Oleson suggested adding a “Phase II” map which would delineate additional areas for commercially zoned districts.  This map would come into play once a percentage of the existing commercially zoned areas are in use (approximately 70 – 80%).

Hacker, seconded by Steinbrecher, made a motion to not make any changes in the Urban Residential zoning district.  Motion carried unanimously.

Consensus to continue discussion to identify other potential areas for commercial zoning districts.

Adjournment:  Being no further business Steinbrecher, seconded by Haar, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted…


Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ___________, 2019


Larry Steidl, Chairman