Zoning Changes

Members of the Zoning Committee, City Council and Renaissance Zone Committee attended the public hearing on the Rutland Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Code changes.  We met for about one hour to review the proposed changes to the two documents and agreed upon a final version of each that will be presented to the Rutland City Council on Monday, April 7, for final approval.  Diane Smith and I will attend the Council meeting, which begins at 5:00 p.m., to present the documents to the Council and to address any questions that may arise at the meeting.  Once the Council approves the document, Renaissance Zone Committee members will work on the State application to designate Rutland a Renaissance Zone.

Rutland Zoning Progress

After several meetings of the Rutland Zoning Board and the Renaissance Zone Committee, drafts of a revised Zoning Ordinance and a Comprehensive Plan will be presented for public comment.  On Monday, March 31, a public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Rutland City Hall to solicit input.  Comments and any suggested changes will be incorporated into the two documents for formal approval by the City Council on Monday, April 7.  Following formal approval, members of the Committee will prepare the State application to designate a Renaissance Zone to provide tax exemptions and credits to encourage investment in residential and commercial properties that need to be revitalized and redeveloped to attract businesses and residents.

The Rooster Crows – February 8, 2008

By Bill Anderson

Irv Rustad of Lake Agassiz Regional Council met with a group composed of the Rutland Renaissance Zone Board, Zoning Board, City Council, Housing Authority and other interested citizens, in the Nordland Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, to discuss revisions and updates to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. Participants went through the Comprehensive Plan and updated goals based on the findings of the community forums held by the Horizons Program during the past year. The next step in the process will be to propose changes in the City’s Zoning Ordinance to make it consistent with the goals set out in the Comprehensive Plan. Mr. Rustad is the Executive Director of the Fargo based Lake Agassiz Regional Council.

The Horizons Steering Committee met on Thursday, January 30, to allocate the $1,500 grant recently approved by the Northwest Area Foundation. The grant was distributed $500.00 to the advertising committee, $500 to the community recreation center committee and $500 to the housing committee to help them meet the goals set last year. If the Horizons Program stays on schedule, the committee will be eligible for another $8,500 from the NWAF next Summer, says Horizons Program coordinator Carolyn Christensen.

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Rutland Zoning Boards Meet

Members of the Renaissance Zoning Board, the Rutland Zoning Board and members of Action Plan committees met at 7:00 on Wednesday, January 30, at the Parish Hall of Nordland Lutheran Church. Irv Rustad of Lake Agassiz walked us through our Community Strategic Plan and helped us update language and content. He also explained Rutland’s official zoning ordinance and what the various terminology means. He emphasized that this will be an important tool as we go through the zoning process and strongly encouraged us to become familiar with its content. There was good discussion and Irv was very good at explaining all the unfamiliar language, as well as encouraging us to take a hard look at what we want for our city. Our next step is to take a city map and identify every building and vacant lot on it and the owners of these buildings and lots. We will meet with Irv again on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:00 pm at the Rutland General Store to report on and discuss the progress we’ve made, as well as to see what our next step should be. It is exciting to finally get a good start on our goal of establishing a Renaissance Zone. Without the cooperation of the City Council and the willingness of people to serve on the Renaissance Board, we wouldn’t be able to get anything accomplished. Thank you to all of you who are working so hard with us to make this happen.

New Zoning Board Appointed

Carolyn Christensen and Diane Smith met with the City Council on January 7 to recommend nominations for a new City Zoning Board. Ronnie Narum, Mayor; Bill Anderson, City Attorney; Mike Kulzer, extra territorial member; Shannon Mehrer and Gretchen Vann have been approved and will take as their mission an evaluation of current city zones and recommend possible changes. Our commercial district currently is limited and we are hoping the Board will be able to come up with a plan that will enable us to expand it.

Renaissance Zoning Board Established

The Rutland City Council, on Monday, January 7, approved the recommendations of Diane Smith and Carolyn Christensen for the Rutland Renaissance Zoning Board. We’re happy to have Lori McLaen, Rachel Olson, Shannon Mehrer, Larry Christensen, Deborah Banish, Norbert Kulzer and John Harris on the Renaissance Zoning Board. Diane Smith will be a non-voting ex officio member. She will deal with the administrative and promotional duties.