01-009-O

ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 50 OF THE DULUTH CITY CODE 1959, AS AMENDED, ZONING DISTRICT MAP NO. 32 AS CONTAINED IN THE APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 50, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RECLASSIFICATION OF 32 ACRES OF LAND FROM S SUBURBAN TO M-1 MANUFACTURING.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        The city of Duluth does ordain:

        Section 1. That plat No. 32 of the zoning district map as contained in the appendix to Chapter 50 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, is amended to read as follows:

(MAP)

        Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days from and after its passage and publication.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance provides for the rezoning of 32 acres of Airport Authority property from "S", Suburban to "M-1" Manufacturing. The petition asked for M-2 Manufacturing zoning, which is consistent with other Airport properties contiguous with the immediate airport facilities. After the public hearing portion of the meeting, the commission resolved to recommend M-1 zoning. This recommendation is based on the fact that the M-2 provides for a more intense land use than the M-1, and the permitted uses of M-1 meet the needs of the airport request. The commission noted further that an M-2 rezoning could be requested at a future date, or the Comprehensive Plan process may call for another classification consistent with airport activities.

This property is located west of Rice Lake Road, ½ mile north of Airport Road and ¼ mile south of Ridgeview Road. The purpose of the rezoning is to provide an area for storage of seasonal airport equipment and establish a secure storage facility for impounded and towed vehicles. The zoning description provides 100' of separation between the rezoned area and Rice Lake Road to the east and the State of Minnesota Property to the south.

The planning commission unanimously recommended approval of this zoning change at their regular meeting of March 13, 2001.

Approval of the zoning change from Suburban to M-1, Manufacturing rather than M-2 as petitioned, was based on the following findings;

1. This is an area of Airport Authority property which was acquired to preserve the approaches to the airport and avoid conflicts with land uses due to aircraft noise.

2. This area lacks utilities and the desired uses by the airport authority do not need utilities but do need an appropriate zoning classification.

3. This is an area where airport authority control over land use will assure that there will be no negative environmental impacts to this site or adjoining properties.

4. M-2 Manufacturing provides a more intensive land use than is presently required for airport related uses. M-2 zoning may be petitioned for at a later date, or may be recommended in the comprehensive planing process.

Date Application Received: February 12, 2001 Action Deadline: June 12, 2001