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City considers new downtown zone

The Rosemount Planning Commission has been working on ways to make it easier to bring businesses to town. One way the commission hopes to help is by streamlining downtown zoning.

Currently the downtown district falls under four zoning ordinances -- public institutional, residential, commercial and an overlay district. While the four ordinances cover most of the downtown's needs it makes opening a new business in town a bit cumbersome.

"We thought it would be beneficial to have one downtown district that accommodates all uses," said city planner Eric Zweber.

The advantage, Zweber said, is that it will be easier for property owners and a one-stop shop for those wanting to open in town.

"We will have one set of rules," said Zweber.

The city has sent a letter to all downtown property and business owners explaining the change. Zweber also presented at the Rosemount Area Business Council meeting last month.

Don Sinnwell, who owns property downtown, said he feels the new zoning ordinance could make it easier for the city to bring new businesses to downtown, which is important.

"It think it could be a good thing."

Debi McConnell, who owns Medi Car, said she initially was concerned that the new ordinance would affect her automotive repair business but said she has been assured she will be able to continue business as usual.

"We won't be able to expand in that location but that's not in our plans anyhow," said McConnell.

McConnell said she likes the purpose of the ordinance and is in favor of it.

"I'm supportive of it and I understand why they are doing it," said McConnell.

The city will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at city hall to explain the ordinance and to take comment from residents. City staff will give a presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Zweber said staff will look at comments received and make any necessary changes to the ordinance.

On Oct. 26 the planning commission will hold a public hearing on the topic. The ordinance will go to the Rosemount City Council for final approval sometime in November.

For more information or to comment on the ordinance contact Eric Zweber at 651-322-2052.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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