Chris LeClair

Otter Tail County bd. eyes revisions May 10

Proposed revisions to the Otter Tail County Shoreland Management Ordinance will be addressed during a public meeting of the county board of commissioners at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 10, at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls.

“Most of the changes are an attempt to bring the shoreland regulations in line with Minnesota rules,” says Chris LeClair, Otter Tail County Land and Resource director.

“The current Shoreland Management Ordinance has at least a dozen or more provisions that are stricter than state standards. The proposed revision is easing some of those standards.”

Here is a brief summary of some of the changes:

 1. Controlled Access lots will no longer be prohibited and will be allowed in accordance with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.

2. Guest cottages will no longer be prohibited and will be allowed per Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.

3. Shore impact zone determination will be consistent with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120 and will be 50 percent of setback. This will only affect general development lakes.

4. Planned unit development dwelling unit increases will be consistent with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120 and will be allowed to add 6 units without a Conditional Use Permit, and instead will only need permission from the county Shoreland Management office.

5. Recommended is shore impact zone impervious changes from a fixed 260ft2 to 15 percent of shore impact zone area.

6. WOAS setback to property line will be 10 feet in accordance with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120 (currently 40 feet, 65 feet, and 90 feet depending on lake class).

7. Bluff determination should be consistent with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.

8. Minimum earth moving requiring a permit from the county will be changed from 20 yards to 50 yards, in accordance with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.

9. Dwelling unit setback at a planned unit development will be changed from 50 feet to 10 feet, in accordance with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.

10. Duplex, Triplex and Quad will be changed from a permitted use to a conditional use in accordance with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.

11. Platting will be changed from lots under 5 acres requiring platting to Minnesota rule, Chapter 6120 standard of 5 or more lots or lots 2.5 acres or less.

12. A change would require a compliance inspection on an existing septic system to apply for a variance from any of the ordinance standards, consistent with Minnesota rules, Chapter 6120.