The Park Rapids Planning Commission meets on the fourth Monday at 6 PM Meetings are held in the Kitchigami Library--Lower Level Meeting Room at 210 First Street West in Park Rapids.
The Planning Commission will also occasionally hold workshop meetings. When this occurs, the public will be notified through the local media.
The Planning Commission meetings adheres to all open meeting laws and the Planning Commission is open to the public. In fact, the public is urged to attend.
Planning Commission Actions
The Planning commission hears a variety of requests including Conditional Use Permits, Variances, Zoning Map and Ordinance Amendment, and other issues relating to planning and developing. The Planning Commission must have a quorum of three or more members before it can take any official action. The Planning Commission is an advisory body and they make recommendations to the City Council for approval. Final City Council action usually takes place on the second Tuesday of the following month at 6 PM at the Kitchigami Library--Lower Level Meeting Room at 210 First Street West in Park Rapids.
Public Participation at Planning Commission Meetings
By law, many of the items that are reviewed by the Planning Commission (variances, conditional use permits, plats, ordinance changes, etc.) require notification of all property owners within 350 feet of the applicant's property. A public hearing is required to gather input, both positive and negative regarding the proposed application. Public input is considered in either the approving or denying of a request, but the Planning Commission must weigh all the facts of an application in making an informed decision.
60 Day Rule
The 60-Day rule is a state law that requires cities to approve or deny a written request relating to zoning within 60 days or it is deemed approved. The underlying purpose of the rule is to keep governmental agencies from taking too long in deciding land use issues. Minnesota courts have generally demanded strict compliance with the rule.