The city council finds as follows:

     (a)  St. Louis County has submitted to the city council a request for a special use permit (FN 06048) for a public safety building and communications tower (Zoning Code sections 50-35(t)and (u)) on property described as W1/2, NW1/4, Section 16, T50N, R14W, and located at 2501 Rice Lake Road; and said permit application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing held May 24, 2006, and the city planning commission has subsequently reported its approval to the city council; and

     (b)  The approval was made because of the city planning commission's findings that appropriate safeguards will exist to protect the comprehensive plan and to conserve and to protect property values in the neighborhood if conditions are observed.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a special use permit is hereby granted to St. Louis County to allow for the construction and operation of a public safety building and communications tower at 2501 Rice Lake Road, on the condition that the development be consistent with plans submitted by LHB entitled “St. Louis County Public Safety Building” (preliminary 65 percent review set) dated 4/6/06, Sheets A3.01, A3.02, C5.00 and C7.00, and tower elevation Order No. QU11908 by Valmont Microflect. as identified as Public Document No. ____________.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution grants a special use permit to St. Louis County for a public safety building and communications tower (Zoning Code sections 50-35(t) and (u)) on the Chris Jensen/Cook Home property at 2501 Rice Lake Road.

The proposal is to construct a 25,000 square feet public safety building and erect a 180 foot self supporting communications tower. This facility project will house all 911 communication, dispatch, radio repair and installation shops, sheriff’s crime lab, investigations division, records management, patrol division, and evidence processing and storage. The building is a single story with a walkout lower level for a rear entrance and mechanical room. The total project footprint is approximately 3 acres and is expect to be constructed in 2006.

The Chris Jensen site was selected as it is in close proximity to the jail site, the county owns the land, it has excellent access, tower height/airport proximity are not an issue, all utilities are in close proximity, there are minimal wetlands, there is ample acreage to create a physical separation for security, the county laundry boiler plant is grossly oversized and could be tapped as a heating source, and several other favorable variables.

The building and parking will encompass a portion of the already disturbed land with accesses which already sever the Chris Jensen Rehabilitation Center and Northeast Regional Detention Center. The project is 450 feet from Arlington and 475 feet to the nearest neighboring property owner.

The planning commission unanimously approved this resolution at its May 24, 2006, meeting. In recommending this resolution, the commission made the following findings:

     1.   Will the proposed special use result in a random pattern of development with little contiguity to existing or programmed development? No, this proposal is an addition to an existing complex of county facilities.

     2    Will the requested use(s) cause anticipated negative fiscal or environmental impacts upon the community? No, adequate public utilities serve the site.

     3.   Will conditions and safeguards protect the comprehensive plan and conserve and protect property and property values in the neighborhood? Other than limiting the permit to the requested improvements, no conditions or other safeguards have been identified.

     4.   What appropriate conditions and safeguards, including performance bonds and a specified period of time for the permit, are necessary? None identified as of this writing.

Date filed: April 25, 2006

Action deadline: August 23, 2006