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City approves variances and grants abatement

By Staff | Jul 9, 2012

The Rugby City Council approved variances, granted a tax abatement and discussed a mobile home plat owned by Clint Carlson at their July 2 meeting.

The council held hearings and received and heard no protests, so approved individually the variances for: James Koble’s garage built on a cement slab with stud walls and colored steel exterior. The garage will be allowed to be built 3 1/2′ from the property line with no overhang on the building; Carlan Pietrick for construction of a garage which will cause the square footage covered by buildings on this lot to exceed the allowable amount of 30%; and Stephanie Steinke was approved for a conditional use permit to build a multi-family twin home in an R-1 Residential Zone.

In further business, the city council approved an abatement of taxes for a property on Lot 9, West 15′ of Lot 10, Block 4, Serumgards Addition owned by Norman and Sharon Erickson, Rugby . The Erickson’s property, as described, qualifies for a Homestead Credit according to ND Century Code 57-02-08. The Director of Tax Equalization Wayne Stevenson, recommended the abatement on June 19, 2012.

Blake Carlson, representing owner Clint Carlson, presented a new and updated lot layout to the council. The area is zoned R-3, Mobile Homes. Wold Engineering drew up the presented lot layout. The curb is offset 10′ on the east side of the lot. There is 21′ from the curb to the property line. The city would possibly trade 10′ on the east side of the block for 10′ on the west side of the block. There is no water and sewer for lots 9, 10, and 11 along Dewey Street. A 10′ easement will be needed on the front of these lots. Blake Carlson stated that sewer could be worked out with easements.

The recommendation of the the city’s planning and zoning commission in an earlier meeting was as follows: to approve the R-3 zoning and plat layout contingent on the stipulation that the City of Rugby vacates 10′ of 6th Avenue right of way in exchange for 10′ of the west side of Block 1 of Serumgards First Addition and that a 10′ perimeter for a utility easement for water and sewer on the north, east, and south sides of Block 1 be established.

When presented to the city council at their July 1 meeting, the council members had some concerns. They were concerned that definitions need to be developed to clearly identify the differences between mobile homes, modular homes and manufactured homes as understood by the council. They talked about establishing an ordinance clarifying the various types of housing and some discussion was held on the various ways the plat could be zoned.

Blake Carlson wants to sell a developed twin home, duplex and other existing homes, but agreed to put on hold the other lots until re-zoning is decided.

Neil Lotvedt moved to approve the plat subject to it being re-zoned and this was unanimously approved by the council. The council told Carlson he would need to go back to the planning and zoning commission with an updated idea of what kind of housing exactly would be put there and what it needed to be re-zoned. Then Carlson would need to return to the September meeting of the city council with his proposal. He will not be able to sell his other property until the plat is properly zoned.

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