01-0522R

RESOLUTION GRANTING A WORK PERMIT TO SPIRIT MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA AUTHORITY FOR REMOVAL OF 0.16 ACRES OF TREES AND TO REGRADE 6.7 ACRES OF LAND.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        WHEREAS, Chapter 327, Minnesota Laws, 1973, created the Spirit Mountain recreation area authority and gave that body certain powers with respect to developing that area for recreational purposes; and

        WHEREAS, said Chapter 327 requires that the Duluth City Council approve a work permit for construction on area property prior to any development; and

        WHEREAS, said Chapter 327 requires that the city planning commission and parks and recreation advisory board, or each, hold a public hearing and have the right to make a recommendation to the city council prior to such approval; and

        WHEREAS, on July 10, 2001, the planning commission, and subsequently the parks and recreation commission, held public meeting, received input, discussed said project and each made a recommendation to the city council that work permits should be issued.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council approves the work permit to remove 0.16 acres of trees and regrade 6.7 acres of land as indicated on the attached plans on file as city council Public Document No. __________, with the following conditions:
        (a)     That the necessary permits be obtained from the building safety division;
        (b)     That best management practices be installed and monitored during and post construction.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution grants a work permit to Spirit Mountain recreation area authority to remove 0.16 acres of trees and regrade 6.7 acres of land involving trails 2 and 3 (the eastern most slopes) in order to redevelop the Big Air Terrain Park and the Freestyle Park. This expansion is necessary due to the large number of users. The area needs to be expanded to improve the safe capacity of the area as well as provide appropriate competition improvements for events.

At its regular meeting on July 10, 2001, the planning commission unanimously approved the work permit for the tree removal and regrading in accordance with plan submitted by Salo Engineering, Inc., entitled "Snowboard/Ski Park Expansion, Grading Plan and Erosion Details," dated 6-18-01, with the following conditions:
        (a)     That the necessary permits be obtained from the building safety division;
        (b)     That best management practices be installed and monitored during and post construction.

In making their recommendation, the commission considered that:
        In general, the review criteria are met or are not applicable. The design of the project is consistent with the city of Duluth Erosion Control Ordinance. The requested project is beneficial to and consistent with the uses and operation of the ski facility.
        The proposal is consistent with the Spirit Mountain master plan approved by the planning commission on December 11, 1973, and adopted January 21, 1974 as city council Public Document 61453, as amended; October 7, 1974, as city council Public Document No. 62545; October 6, 1975, Resolution No.75-604 , city Council Public Document No. 61453; December 17, 1984, the city council Resolution 84-0889 (3888410); and November 24, 1997, Resolution 97-0871; and
        The proposal is consistent with the state legislation for the creation of the Spirit Mountain recreation area authority was established. Laws of Minnesota for 1973 Chapter 327- H.F. No. 1969.

Date Filed: June 18, 2001
Action Deadline: October 16, 2001