School District asks Plan Commission to delay vote on rezoningDistrict Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said school officials would come back to the commission with more specific site plans for the St. Croix Meadows property, and details on why other sites weren't selected.
The School District of Hudson on Thursday night asked the city Plan Commission for more time to present its plans for a secondary school on the St. Croix Meadows site, and was granted the request.
School officials and the attorney representing the owners of the vacant dog track again stated their cases for rezoning the 124-acre property from general business district (B2) to public or quasi-public use (PUB).
They faced what appeared to be a skeptical Plan Commission, with members questioning why other large properties in the community weren’t chosen for the future school.
Commissioners also raised the issues of the loss of commercial development property, tax base and property tax revenue, and what would happen to the property if the district failed to gain voter approval for construction of school on it.
Near the close of the two-hour meeting in the council chambers at Hudson City Hall, the commissioners asked questions they said they would like answered the next meeting with school officials.
The commission voted to postpone the review of the district’s rezoning application for 30 days, or when the district is ready to make its next presentation.
The Plan Commission is chaired by Mayor Alan Burchill. The other members are Fred Yoerg, Paul Radermacher, Mary Claire Potter, Frank Rhoades, Kevin Vance and Alderperson Mary Yacoub. Community Development Director Dennis Darnold serves as secretary and adviser to the commission.
School Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten said school officials would come back to the commission with more specific site plans for the St. Croix Meadows property. She also promised to bring maps and details explaining why the district’s County UU land and the county Government Center land aren’t adequate sites for the school the district would like to build.
School officials also made notes on the questions commissioners raised, and indicated they would address them at the next Plan Commission meeting they attend.
For more on this story, see April 19 print addition of the Star-Observer.