01-0462R

RESOLUTION AMENDING A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO SNOWFLAKE CROSS COUNTRY SKI CENTER FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4348 RICE LAKE ROAD.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        WHEREAS, a special use permit was issued to Snowflake Cross Country Ski Center pursuant to Resolution No. 93-0872 to operate a cross country skiing facility on property described as the SW¼ of the NE¼, Section 8, Township 50, Range 14, lying north and easterly of County Highway 4 (Rice Lake Road) and located at 4348 Rice Lake Road, which permit has been amended pursuant to Resolution Nos. 97-0395, 98-0467, 99-0276 and 00-0604; said permit, as amended, being hereinafter referred to as the permit; and

        WHEREAS, George Hovland, d/b/a Snowflake Cross Country Ski Center, has submitted to the city council a request for an amendment to the permit to relocate the approved uses from the easternmost portion of the site toward the western area on the above described property; and said application to amend said permit was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report, and public hearing and the city planning commission has subsequently reported its approval to the city council; and

        WHEREAS, the approval was made because of the city planning commission's findings that:
        This amendment relocates previously approved activities from the southeastern area of the site to the northwestern area of the site. Among other reasons, this change allows for a reduction in wetland impacts from 2.5 acres to less than 0.25 acres.
        In making their recommendation, the planning commission considered the following findings:
        (a)     There is no net change in the scope of the permitted uses;
        (b)     The change is only for the location of the improvements;
        (c)     The changes present only a minimal impact on wetlands;
        (d)     The only change to the current permit is the site plan document.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city adopt the findings and conclusions of the planning commission and make the findings and staff report a basis for its action, that the permit is hereby amended to authorize the relocation of the following uses in accordance with the site plan on file in the city planning division office, subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth: relocate the previously approved; clubhouse with support functions; 400 meter speed skating oval; in-line; skateboard and BMX freestyle bike park; and parking from the southeast corner to the west side of the property.

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the above cited uses are subject to the following: securing all permits otherwise required under any applicable laws, rule and regulation, including but not limited to permits required by Article V of Chapter 5 of the City Code.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution grants an amendment to a seasonal commercial special use permit to George Hovland for the Snowflake Ski Center. This amendment relocates previously approved activities from the southeastern area of the site to the northwestern area of the site. Among other reasons, this change allows for a reduction in wetland impacts from 2.5 acres to less than 0.25 acres.

In making their recommendation, the planning commission considered the following findings:
        1. There is no net change in the scope of the permitted uses.
        2. The change is only for the location of the improvements.
        3. The changes present only a minimal impact on wetlands.
        4. The only change to the current permit is the site plan document.

The planning commission unanimously approved this resolution at its June 12, 2001 meeting.

Date Filed: May 18, 2001
Action Deadline: September 17, 2001