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MAY 22, 2014
Planning Commission Approves Erickson Mine Renewal
By a 5-2 vote, the Houston County Planning Commission recommended approval for a contentious conditional use permit (CUP) renewal on May 22. Members decided that CUP #261, which allows Tracie Erickson to engage in mineral extraction on a property located in section 30 of Yucatan Township met the criteria required to resume operations, as long as all local, state, and federal rules and regulations are adhered to…
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APRIL 30, 2014
Planning Commission Tables Erickson Mine Renewal
The Houston County Planning Commission got an earful from residents on Wednesday, April 30. More than 30 persons packed into the former courtroom - now the commissioner's room, and arguments were as intense as in any court case over the renewal of a controversial conditional use permit (CUP) for Tracie Erickson of Yucatan Township…
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How Confident are you in our Planning Commission?
0110.1005 FINDINGS REQUIRED
Subdivision 1. Findings. The Planning Commission shall not recommend a conditional use permit unless they find the following:
1.
That the proposed use conforms with the County Land Use Plan.
2.
That the proposed use will not degrade the water quality of the County.
3.   That the proposed use will not adversely increase the quantity of water runoff.
4.   That soil conditions are adequate to accommodate the proposed use.
5.
That the proposed use does not create a potential pollution hazard.
6.   That adequate utilities, access roads, drainage and other necessary facilities have been or are being provided.
7.   That adequate measures have been or will be taken to provide sufficient off-street parking and loading space to serve the proposed use.
8.   That facilities are provided to eliminate any traffic congestion or traffic hazard which may result from the proposed use.
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That the Conditional Use will not be injurious to the use and enjoyment of other property in the immediate vicinity for the purposes already permitted.
10.   That the establishment of the Conditional Use will not impede the normal and orderly development and improvement of surrounding vacant property for predominant uses in the area.
11.   That adequate measures have been or will be taken to prevent or control offensive odor, fumes, dust, noise and vibration, so that none of these will constitute a nuisance, and to control lighted signs and other lights in such a manner that no disturbance to neighboring properties will result.
12.
That the density of any proposed residential development is not greater than the density of the surrounding neighborhood or not greater than the density indicated by the applicable Zoning District.
13.   That the intensity of any proposed commercial or industrial development is not greater than the intensity of the surrounding uses or not greater than the intensity characteristic of the applicable Zoning District.
14.   That site specific conditions and such other conditions are established as required for the protection of the public's health, safety, morals, and general welfare.
From Section 10 – Planning Commission of the Houston County. Zoning Ordinance.
 
In the News
Contentious Permit Tasks Planning Commission
By a 5-2 vote, the Houston County Planning Commission recommended approval for a contentious conditional use permit (CUP) renewal on May 22. Members decided that CUP #261, which allows Tracie Erickson to engage in mineral extraction on a property located in section 30 of Yucatan Township met the criteria required to resume operations, as long as all local, state, and federal rules and regulations are adhered to…
>> watch video
Source: The Spring Grove Herald, Craig Moorhead, May 29, 2014
Planning Commission Tables Mine Renewal
The Houston County Planning Commission got an earful from residents on Wednesday, April 30. More than 30 persons packed into the former courtroom - now the commissioner's room, and arguments were as intense as in any court case over the renewal of a controversial conditional use permit (CUP) for Tracie Erickson of Yucatan Township…
>> watch video
Source: The Spring Grove Herald, Craig Moorhead, May 13, 2014
New Planning Commissioner Selected by County Board
It was relatively quick work for the Houston County Board Jan. 21 when only a few items were presented for consideration…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Emily Bialkowski, January 28, 2014
Keeping Houston County Citizens Informed and Involved
On Sept. 30, the Houston County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to address the issue of whether the county planning and zoning commission members should serve under term limits. The current members of the commission serve three-year terms with no limit on the number of terms. The current members of the planning and zoning commission have served more than 100 years combined…
Source: Houston County News, Justin Zmyewski, November 6, 2013
Keeping Houston County Citizens Informed and Involved
Concern has been brought to the Houston County Board of Commissioners by several constituents. The concern is that Houston County has no term limits in place on the Planning and Zoning Commission. There is no process and procedure in place for interested citizens to gain a seat on the Planning Commission…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Justin Zmyweski, September 24, 2013
Ban Frac Sand Mines and Institute Term Limits
As a resident organic farmer in Money Creek Township, I ask you to do your duty as elected officials to protect the health, safety and welfare of your fellow citizens by taking action on the following two issues…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, John Jordan, September 24, 2013
Term Limits: Good or Bad
I have some thoughts on term limits for the Planning Commission and the zoning administrators…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, David Alstad, September 24, 2013
Term Limits Needed for the Houston County Planning Commission
The question of term limits for members of Houston Countyís Planning Commission has become rather contentious in recent weeks…
Source: The Fillmore County Journal, Drue Fergusin, September 20, 2013
Landowners Lose Because of Outdated Policies
What has happened to me and my farm are grave levels of misconduct by a construction company and the Houston County Zoning Department…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Lucille Omodt Crow, September 17, 2013
Law Enforcement Called after Board Meeting
An incident that occurred after the Aug. 27 Houston County Board meeting involving law enforcement has left some residents, as well as county commissioners, feeling unsettled…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Emily Bialkowski, September 10, 2013
County Sets Hearing for Commission Term Limits
The Houston County Board of Commissioners will take public input before it makes a decision on whether to limit the tenures of county planning commission members…
Source: La Crosse Tribune, Clay Schuldt, September 4, 2013
Letter to the Editor: Term Limits Needed for Plan Commission
On Sept. 30, there will be a public hearing on whether to limit service on the Houston County Planning Commission to two terms (a total six years)…
Source: Houston County News, Bets Reedy, September 4, 2013
Letter to the Editor: Why Were the Police Called after Meeting?
I attended the Aug. 27 Houston County Commissioners meeting to support Money Creek Township board chairman Dale Omodt and his cousin, Lucille Omodt-Crow…
Source: Houston County News, Drue Fergison, September 4, 2013
County to Consider Term Limits for Commission
The Houston County Board of Commissioners scheduled a public hearing to consider the idea of placing term limits on planning commission positions at its July 23 meeting after discussion about the matter…
Source: Houston County News, Clay Schuldt, July 31, 2013
Public Hearing on Term Limits Scheduled
A lean agenda didnít keep the county board from healthy discourse on setting term limits for Houston County Planning and Zoning commissioners. The topic has been brought up several times by residents during the public comment portion of county board meetings, and almost a dozen letters have been recorded on the topic…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Emily Bialkowski, July 30, 2013
County Board Hears Feedback
Land use issues stir the dust in Houston County, and now there’s a new push to implement term limits on the Planning and Zoning Commission…
Source: Houston County News, Clay Schuldt, July 17, 2013
Times Up: Momentum on Term Limits Gaining Steam
Land use issues stir the dust in Houston County, and now thereís a new push to implement term limits on the Planning and Zoning Commission…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Emily Bialkowski, July 16, 2013
Letter to the Editor: Commission Needs to Take Citizen Complaints More Seriously
I am puzzled when I hear members of the Houston County Planning and Zoning Commission refer to the damage to the Nancy and Brent Schroeder houses as "alleged damage"…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Bets Reedy, July 16, 2013
Bonanza Expansion Narrowly Passed
The Houston County Board of Commissioners, on a split vote last week, passed a request to expand a zoning permit for Bonanza Grain Co. Inc, but not before a number of county residents let their thoughts on the issue be known…
Source: The Houston County News, Clay Schuldt, July 10, 2013
County Board Splits on Granting Six-Month Mining CUP
Residents filled the Commissioners Room in Caledonia on July 2, as the Houston County board took up a controversial conditional use permit (CUP) application…
Source: The Spring Grove Herald, Craig Moorhead, July 9, 2013
Zoning Decision Blasted
More than 50 people attended the Houston County Board meeting July 2 to participate in discussion on the Kruckow Rock Product/Bonanza Grain sand quarry conditional use permit application…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Emily Bialkowski, July 9, 2013
Permit Granted
Houston County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing June 20 to consider a new Conditional Use Permit for an existing Bonanza Grain mineral extraction site. A permit allowing for expansion was required after Bonanza had exceeded the parameters of the original permit. In addition, recent claims of damage from blasting had been reported by residents. The commission chose to table discussion a month ago (May 23) to provide time to tour the site and tour some of the homes…
Source: The Caledonia Argus, Clay Schuldt, June 25, 2013
Mining CUP Brings More Disagreements - Arguments Highlight Differing Views on Zoning's Role
On June 20, a conditional use permit (CUP) hearing for a Bonanza Grain/Kruckow Rock Products sand mine in Caledonia Township was again on the agenda of the Houston County Planning Commission…
Source: The Spring Grove Herald, Craig Moorhead, June 25, 2013
Current Mining Ordinances Cause Concern Over New Ordinances
Several residents, concerned about damage to a Houston County house caused by blasting at a construction mine, said current ordinances are insufficient to address large-scale frac sand mining…
Source: La Crosse Tribune, Clay Schuldt, June 5, 2013
 
Related Resources
Planning Commission Meeting Minutes
Planning Commission Members Info
Houston Co. Zoning Ordinance
Houston Co. Comprehensive Land Use Plan
Related Videos
Houston County Board Meeting: Excerpts from the November 19, 2013 Houston County Board meeting.
Houston County Planning Commission Discussion Item: Planning Commission Term Limits: Excerpt from the November 18, 2013 Planning Commission meeting.
Houston County Planning Commission: CUP Renewal/Expansion of Bonanza Grain/Krukow Mine: Excerpt from the November 18, 2013 Planning Commission meeting.
Lucille Omodt Crow Addresses the Houston County Board: On August 27, 2013 Lucille Omodt Crow addressed the Houston County Board, "What has happened to me and my farm are grave levels of misconduct by a construction company and the Houston County Zoning Department."
July 2, 2013: Houston County Board Meeting - Questioning Ordinance Enforcement
This video was taken during the July 2, 2013 Houston County Board meeting where the County Board voted 3-2 and granted a 6-month Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the Bonanza Grain Inc. Quarry, despite the public's concern that Houston County Planning and Zoning are not enforcing the County's current mining ordinance as Bonanza Grain has already mined outside the area identified in its CUP and neighbors' complaints that blasting at the mine caused damage to their homes. Houston County's CUP Ordinance states that failure to comply should result in automatic termination of its permit.
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Caledonia Argus
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(Bluff Country Reader, Chatfield News, Republican-Leader, Spring Grove Herald, Spring Valley Tribune, Tri-County Record
Filmore County Journal
Houston Banner
Houston County News
La Crosse Tribune
Rochester Post Bulletin
Tri-County Record
Winona Daily News
Winona Post
Contact County Commissioners
Share with them your concerns about industrial scale frac sand mining
1ST DISTRICT
Judy Storlie
507-895-8994
judy.storlie@co.houston.mn.us
2ND DISTRICT
Justin Zmyewski
507-450-8297
justin.zmyewski@co.houston.mn.us
3RD DISTRICT
Steve Schuldt (County Board Chair)
507-724-3639
steve.schuldt@co.houston.mn.us
4TH DISTRICT
Teresa Walter
507-895-2446
teresa.walter@co.houston.mn.us
5TH DISTRICT
Dana Kjome
507-498-5676
dana.kjome@co.houston.mn.us
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