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October 12, 2017

Planning commission considering design review board


Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent
BLAINE – Members of Blaine’s planning commission got a homework assignment at Monday’s meeting to study for September. David Williams, the panel’s adviser, handed out copies of a draft prepared by its former adviser, Chad Davis, relating to the creation of a design review board. “It is all-inclusive and is probably more than the city needs, but it gives them a starting point,” Williams said. He said they are just looking for aesthetic consistency. In other business, a couple living on Indian Ridge Road came to the planning commission seeking input about putting an ice cream shop on their residential property. Mike and Pamela Evans were advised it would require subdividing and rezoning a portion of their residential properly. Planning commission members suggested the best idea might be some type of food wagon that does not require any changes and is not regulated in the city’s zoning ordinance. The panel also had a training session to discuss building codes. Williams told them if the city continues using the state for building inspections, it should consider hiring someone on the staff to act as a zoning inspector. He said state inspectors do not consider zoning regulations such as setbacks and adequate parking in issuing building permits.

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