October 28, 2019 minutes


Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

Minutes of the meeting of October 28, 2019 

A regular meeting of the Planning Commission of Alexandria Township was held on the 28th day of October, 2019 at the Alexandria Township Conference Room, 324 Broadway.

Roll Call:  Commission members present were Shad Steinbrecher, Larry Steidl, Linda Dokken-McFann 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 Haar, made a motion to approve the agenda with the addition of attendance from a remote location under New Business.  Motion carried unanimously.

Minutes: Dokken-McFann, seconded by Haar, made a motion to approve the minutes of the 9/23/2019 meeting as written.  Motion carried unanimously.

Public Hearing:  none

Zoning Administrator’s Report:  Zoning Administrator Oleson provided a spreadsheet of zoning activities to date. 

Old Business:  Oleson provided maps highlighting current and potential future commercial districts.  The commission chose to categorize commercial districts into three phases:  Phase 1 would be defined as those areas currently zoned commercial.  This phase still has roughly 70 acres available for development.  Phase 2 would be denoted as those areas for consideration in approximately 15 – 20 years; and Phase 3 would be identified as areas projected beyond 20 years.  Oleson was instructed to incorporate these phases into a new map.

Oleson stated there are currently three categories for Commercial zoning; i.e. Commercial Shoreline (CS), Commercial – Urban (C-U), and Commercial – Rural (C-R).  The commission chose to make a fourth category to encompass low-traffic businesses.

Discussion also centered on whether or not County Road 17 is being considered for a bypass.  If so, this may be an option for further commercial designation.  Chairman Steidl will research and report back at the next meeting.

New Business:  Deputy Clerk Fulghum outlined procedures for attending meetings from a remote location.

Adjournment:  Being no further business Haar, seconded by Steinbrecher, made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted…


Bonnie Fulghum, Deputy Clerk

Approved this ____ day of ___________, 2019


Larry Steidl, Chairman