BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:
The city council finds the following:
(a) The Duluth Seaway Port authority has submitted to the city council a special use permit request as per Section 50-35(a) of the Zoning Code for a helicopter landing pad on property legally described as follows:
Outlot A, Lot 1, and Lot 2 of Block 1, Second Rearrangement of Part of Airpark Division;
(b) Said special use permit application was duly referred to the city planning commission for a study, report and public hearing held during the regular meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, and the commission has subsequently reported its unanimous recommendation of conditional approval to the city council; and
(c) The applicant’s compliance with conditions set out in this permitting resolution will remedy any shortcomings identified by the city planning commission's findings of inadequacies in the submitted documents and that compliance with the conditions contained herein will adequately protect the comprehensive plan and conserve and protect property values in the neighborhood and comply with City Code Section 50-32 (Reference Planning Commission File No. 07125).
BE IT RESOLVED, that a special use permit is hereby granted to Duluth Seaway Port authority for a helicopter landing pad located south of Airport Road, west of Endeavor Drive, north of Airpark Boulevard, and east of the National Guard Armory, with the following terms and conditions:
(a) Helicopter landing pad is not to be located in the northeast corner of the site, but as far away as reasonable from the animal allies shelter;
(b) The Duluth Seaway Port authority is to submit a final development plan to the planning director for approval;
(c) Subsequent changes can be approved with submission of appropriate documentation to the planning director for approval; and
(d) No approvals are given to wetland alterations.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution allows the Duluth seaway port authority a special use permit for a helicopter landing pad for a proposed United States customs office. At present the Duluth Seaway Port authority and the federal government are working with several private development firms and one will be selected to develop the site. There is no specific site plan at the present time. After a development firm has been selected the planning director is authorized to approve the selected plan based on the conditions cited in the resolution. The planning commission recommended approval on a 12-0 vote.
Petition received: September 28, 2007
Action date for special use permit: January 25, 2008