99-0051R
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO PREPARE A ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ORDINANCE PROHIBITING DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA PROPOSED TO BE SERVED BY THE NORTH SHORE WASTEWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM UNTIL COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING CAN BE COMPLETED FOR THE AREA.
BY COUNCILOR NESS:

WHEREAS, in Resolution No. 00-0029, the city of Duluth is about to enter into a joint powers agreement and finance agreement with the towns of Duluth and Lakewood for the purpose of developing a sanitary sewer system along the North Shore of Lake Superior through the respective jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, Duluth city councilors have expressed concerns that the development of such a sanitary sewer system along Lake Superior's North Shore may lead to inappropriate development and aesthetic and environmental degradation of the scenic North Shore unless comprehensive planning measures are performed simultaneously with the development of the sanitary sewer system; and

WHEREAS, both the city council and the administration deem it appropriate that a one-year moratorium be enacted to prohibit development in the area to be sewered so that the proper comprehensive planning processes can take place; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes Section 462.355, Subd. 4 provides that development moratoriums may be done only by ordinance and must be subject to the guidelines set forth in the statute; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth planning department is presently working on a comprehensive plan for the entire city of Duluth.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby directs the administration to prepare a one-year development moratorium ordinance for the area to be served by the proposed North Shore wastewater collection system in the city of Duluth.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the ordinance described above be fully prepared for introduction at the first council meeting following the meeting where this resolution is passed.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the administration is directed to place the North Shore area to be served by the wastewater collection system at the very top priority for areas to be studied in conjunction with the development of the comprehensive plan for the city of Duluth.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution directs the administration to establish a one-year moratorium prohibiting development in the area to be served by the proposed North Shore wastewater collection system. Under State statutes, such a moratorium can only be established by ordinance. This resolution directs that the ordinance be ready for introduction at the meeting immediately following the one where this resolution is passed. It also directs the administration to place the area to be served by the new sewer on the top priority for areas to be studied for the new comprehensive plan for the city of Duluth.