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The Taylor County Zoning Committee met on Thursday.  The committee discussed the county’s revised Shoreland Zoning ordinance.  Because the state passed Act 170, the bulk of the county’s zoning ordinance became null and void.  The revised ordinance contains updated statute numbers.  In addition, the revised ordinance stipulates the minimum area and width for buildings, the width of side yards, setbacks from highways within the shorelands of navigable waters, and setbacks from the water.  It spells out the removal of shore cover, and makes significant changes to regulating nonconforming uses and structures.  Taylor County zoning administrator Kyle Noonan told the committee that the revised language in the ordinance will bring the county into compliance with current state regulations.  The committee approved the 28 page ordinance and sent it on to the full county board for their consideration.

One way to measure the amount of new construction in the county is to check the sanitary permits issued.  Through July 17th there have been 27 Sanitary permits applied for in Taylor County.  That’s 11 fewer than last year at this time and this year’s 27 permits to date is actually 43 fewer than the year 2006 when 70 had been applied for.

Mother nature can be rough on septic systems.  Approximately 17 of the 27 sanitary permits applied for so far this year were to replace septic tanks which had collapsed under heavy pressure from the rain saturated soils.

The committee voted to approve the zoning department reimbursing any certified county employee for their hours, benefits, and mileage when they act as a standby inspector with the rate reviewed annually.

The county’s new plat books are now available and will be sold for $20 each.

The committee was informed that Kyle Patrick has applied for a “Non-metallic mining permit”.  The permit request indicates that Patrick intends to operate a gravel pit with a private driveway on Rustic Road.  The committee was told that he intends to crush approximately 10,000 cubic yards of gravel.  The reclamation plan has been completed and a bond posted.  The permits have been forwarded to the DNR and the town of Rib Lake.  The proposed 9 acre gravel pit is expected to be operational sometime following a 30 day comment period.



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