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Lions tree lot gets OK to continue

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Lions tree lot gets OK to continue
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

The Rosemount Lion's Club has sold Christmas trees in town for the last 20 years without any incident. On Tuesday the city's planning commission approved a conditional use permit so that the organization can continue their annual fundraiser.

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The city requires organizations and businesses that use land such as the Rosemount Town Square parking lot get an interim use permit to use the land. City planner Eric Lindahl said the city requires the permit to make sure that the uses aren't affecting the more permanent businesses in the area.

Before approving the permit, which will be valid for five years, the commission held a public hearing. No one spoke at the hearing and so the commission voted in favor of the permit without much discussion.

The planning commission did attach one condition to the permit. If The Pond, which occupies a large space in the strip mall, decides to expand then the commission could review the permit.

The Lions Club has sold trees in the Rosemount Town Square lot for the last 10 years. The funds from tree sales support the club's charities such as Leprechaun Days activities. The club will start selling trees Nov. 20.

In other business the 2030 Comprehensive Plan has gained approval from several Metropolitan Council committees. Senior planner Eric Zweber said the Met Council is scheduled to give final approval of the document Oct. 28.

Following the Met Council's approval the city council will adopt the plan. Then city staff and the planning commission will have to make necessary amendments to city controls such as ordinances and zoning regulations to comply with the plan.

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