Variance and Nonconformity Amendment Ordinance No. 011-642CITY OF FARMINGTON
CITY OF FARMINGTON
COUNTY OF DAKOTA
STATE OF MINNESOTA
SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE NO. 011-642
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 10-3-6, 10-4-2 AND 10-6-18(F) OF THE ZONING CODE AS THEY RELATE TO VARIANCES, NONCONFORMITIES AND SHORELAND MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, on December 19, 2011, Ordinance No. 011-642 was adopted by the City Council of the City of Farmington, Minnesota.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, because of the lengthy nature of Ordinance No. 011-642, the following summary of the ordinance has been prepared for publication.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Section 10-3-6, 10-4-2 and 10-6-18(F) amendments change the city’s zoning regulations regarding variances, nonconformities and shoreland management. The updates are intended to reflect changes in state law.
The amendments eliminates the term “hardship” from the variance regulations (Section 10-3-6) and adds verbiage that allows a zoning authority to issue a variance to a zoning control if there are “practical difficulties” identified. The amendments within Section 10-4-2 of the City Code (Nonconformities) create a purpose statement and a general provisions section that include regulations for subdividing nonconforming parcels, clarification on the continuance of legal nonconformities, and minimum setback requirements for legal nonconforming structures. The amendments to the shoreland management regulations (Section 10-6-18(F)) include setback requirements from the water for nonconforming structures with less than 50% of the required setback if destroyed by fire or other peril to greater than 50% of its market value as well as various regulations for existing nonconforming lots and structures within the shoreland areas.
A printed copy of the whole ordinance is available for inspection by any person during the City’s regular office hours. The ordinance is also available on the city’s internet home page.
APPROVED for publication by the City Council of the City of Farmington this 19th day of December, 2011.
CITY OF FARMINGTON
/S/: Todd Larson, Mayor
/S/: David McKnight, City Administrator
Approved as to form this 30th day of
/S/: Joel Jamnik, City Attorney