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Troy considers giving county control of riverway zoning

Who regulates zoning in the Lower St. Croix Riverway?

The town of Troy and St. Croix County both have jurisdiction over land in this area. 

Last Thursday the Troy Town Board received a recommendation from its Plan Commission to enact Chapter 171-A, a moratorium on the town’s zoning jurisdiction.

If enacted, St. Croix County alone would handle future zoning issues.

The purpose of the moratorium is to allow town residents to “…seek just one set of government land-use related permits rather than two,” according to the document.

The moratorium would be in place for two years. After that, the Troy Town Board could extend it for one or two years at a time.

The board would need to let the county know whether it extends the moratorium or not. While the town would not accept new applications for permits, it would continue to enforce regulations for existing permits.

Public hearings are scheduled Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., just before the Plan Commission meeting, and again Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. just before the Town Board meeting. 

Both hearings are at Troy Town Hall, 654 Glover Road. The board will then take final action on the moratorium based on results of the hearings.

Several appointments were made at last week’s board meeting: Joe Radlinger and Ray Knapp were appointed to the Plan Commission and Jenny Boeder was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

All were appointed by Town Board Chairman Dan Pearson, and approved by the full board.

The board also approved renewal of its contract with the Animal Humane Society in Woodbury, Minn. Town Supervisor Jan Cuccia said the Humane Society’s fees have not increased.

She described a “fairly new program” for feral cats by the Humane Society where there is spaying/neutering of these cats before they are released. Workers clip the cats’ ears to show that this has been done, and ask that these cats not be brought in again.

In other business: Jennifer Clark, clerk/treasurer, reported that letters were sent to boat launch permit holders, including notice of rate increases.

She said the response was largely positive, with people thanking them for giving them the information in advance.

Park Ranger Ron Schock reported giving one warning for a dog off leash in Glover Park. He said people usually say they are not aware of the law.

Cuccia asked if the leash law is posted there. Town Supervisor Jason Kjos and Schock immediately both answered, “Yes.”

“December is traditionally a pretty quiet month,” Schock said. “Not a whole lot to report.”

Schock said Animal Control Officer Kathi Pelnar had reported a dog at large. She sent a warning letter to David Jerry, 220 County F. According to her report, the dog is bothering pedestrians and needs a license.

Three building permits were issued for December:

—Larry Ruemmele, 299 County F, alteration, $14,000; Creative Homes, 474 Prominence Way, new home, $247,495; Curt Schaben, 499 Autumn Blaze; trail alteration, $260.

—Kjos said 55 town of Troy homes were built in 2014. Two of these replaced existing homes, for a total of 53 new homes.

 --By Eric Johnson