NOTICE OF ANNUAL

BUDGET MEETING

TOWN BOARD MEETING

TOWNSHIP OF MAY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., the May Town Board will hold a meeting to discuss the Annual Budget, to be held at the May Town Hall located at 13939 Norell Avenue North.

Dated this 18th day of January, 2019.

Linda M. Tibbetts

Town Clerk

Town of May

Published in 

The Country Messenger

January 23, 2019

CITY OF SCANDIA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

BY THE CITY PLANNING

COMMISSION

NOTICE is hereby given that the Planning Commission of the City of Scandia will meet in the Board Room of the Scandia Community/Senior Center, 14727 209th St. N., on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the following:

An Ordinance to amend the City of Scandia Development Code, Chapter 2, Section 3.5(2), Fences in the Shoreland Overlay District or the St. Croix River District. The proposed amendment would adopt standards for fences constructed on properties located in the Shoreland Overlay District or St. Croix River District that have lake or river frontage,

Anyone wishing to express their opinion on the proposed amendment will be heard at the public hearing.  This notice is given pursuant to the Development Code of the City of Scandia.  

Copies of the proposed amendment may be examined during office hours at the Scandia Community Center, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays.

Brenda Eklund

Deputy Clerk

January 15, 2019

Published in 

The Country Messenger

January 23, 2019

SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE No. 207,

AN ORDINANCE 

AMENDING ORDINANCE

NO. 185 REGULATING DOGS

On January 15, 2019, at a Regular Meeting of the Scandia City Council, by majority vote, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 207 which regulates dogs.  The Amendment changes the penalty for certain violations from gross misdemeanors to misdemeanors.

A printed copy of the Ordinance is available for inspection by any person during regular office hours at City Hall or by standard or electronic mail.

Published in 

The Country Messenger

January 23, 2019

CITY OF MARINE ON ST. CROIX

WASHINGTON COUNTY,

MINNESOTA

ORDINANCE NO. 153

AN INTERIM ORDINANCE PROTECTING THE PLANNING PROCESS AND THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF CITY RESIDENTS, AND ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM SPECIFIED ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE SHORT TERM AND TRANSIENT RENTALS (AS DEFINED HEREIN).

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MARINE ON ST. CROIX DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Purpose. For many years, the development patterns in the city of Marine on St. Croix have focused on single-family residential and rural residential uses. With the exception of a limited number of “bed and breakfast” operations and occasional long-term leases, within the city over the years, the single-family residential dwellings have been owner-occupied. Until recently, there have not been an appreciable amount of “short-term” or “transient rentals” or “Vacation Rentals” (“STRs”) (meaning: those structures or residences which provide for or allow stays of less than two weeks). However, with the advent of internet-based rental opportunities, the City has observed an increase in the frequency of STR offerings within the City.  These include daily, weekly or weekend rentals in single-family residences through offerings on Craigslist, AirBNB, VRBO and other rental posting forums. These uses are distinct from single family-owner occupied or even longer-term rental uses because they involve short-term transient stays and more frequent turnover of occupants than would be the case with even 30-day, or annual leasing arrangements. By their nature, these types of uses may create more neighborhood impact than would a single renter/occupant who uses the house for a longer-term lease period, such as a conventional 12-month lease.

Preliminarily, the Planning Commission and City Council have identified the need to evaluate the impact of STR uses within the city and to determine whether they should be permitted, regulated, unregulated or otherwise addressed by the regulation of the City. It is necessary that the City have time to undertake a thoughtful and meaningful review of the nature and effect of STRs. Among other things, the City must consider:

1. Whether STRs are compatible with the City and its residential uses:

2. What regulatory tools are available and in use elsewhere to permit, regulate, allow or prohibit STRs;

3. What public input and opinion exists and suggests on the subject of STRs in or around the City; and

4. Whether amendments to the City’s land use and planning regulations are in order to address STRs.

In short, the City needs to study these and other matters so that it can effectively administer its official controls relating to the matter of STRs.

Section 2. Authority. Minnesota Statutes 462.355, Subd. 4 permits the adoption of interim zoning ordinances for the purpose of protecting the planning process and the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

Section 3. Conclusions. The City Council finds that it is necessary in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to protect the planning process, to conduct the studies described above, and to place a moratorium as described below on the establishment or creation of STRs during the term of the studies.

Section 4. Moratorium.

A. A study is hereby authorized and directed to be conducted by the City Council and staff to study and decide whether and how the City should amend its official controls with respect to the items addressed herein, together with such other areas of inquiry which are reasonably related thereto. Upon finishing the studies, the City Council shall review the matter and make such decisions as are in the best interests of the City of Marine on St. Croix and its citizens.

B. A moratorium is hereby placed on short-term rentals (STRs), defined as any rentals less than two weeks, except for those that can demonstrate that they have or currently allow short-term rentals, and new short-term rentals of a room where the owner is a full-time resident. Pending completion of the studies and adoption of any amendments to that City’s official controls, it shall be unlawful for any person to do the following within the City:

i. to establish an STR; and

ii. to apply for any approval or permit to establish an STR in the City.

C. For purposes of this Ordinance an “STR” shall mean to state a dwelling unit, guest house, guest room or lodging room or part thereof which is rented or leased or offered for rental or leasing for any period of two weeks or less.

Section 5. Enforcement. The City may enforce any provisions of this Ordinance by madamus, injunction or any other appropriate remedy in any court of competent jurisdiction.

Section 6. Term. Unless earlier terminated or extended by action of the City Council, this Ordinance shall be effective for a period of 12 months from its effective date and may be further extended for such additional periods as the City Council may deem appropriate subject to Minn. Stat. 462.355, sub. 4.

Section 7. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication according to law.

WHEREUPON, said Ordinance was declared passed and adopted this 10th day of January, 2019.

Attest: Lynnette Peterson, City Clerk

Glen Mills, Mayor

Published in 

The Country Messenger

January 23, 2019

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