An amendment to the Le Mars Urban Renewal Area was approved on Monday by the Le Mars Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Le Mars City Council will consider the amendment at their meeting today (Tuesday).
The area added to the original urban renewal area is the 42.47 acre site of the future Wells' Dairy, Inc., corporate campus just southwest of Le Mars. The change allows the city of Le Mars to provide assistance at the Wells' site at a rate of $50,000 per year for 20 years, a total of $1,000,000. Taxes from the 42.47 acre parcel will pay the debt on city bonds, Scott Langel, city administrator/engineer, told commission members.
Langel said the change is separate from the Le Mars/Plymouth County Joint Urban Renewal Area, although parts of the two urban renewal areas overlap.
According to amendment documents, the plan for the Le Mars Urban Renewal Area is being amended to increase the size of the original district. If the amendment is approved by the city council, the city will designate the area being added as an economic development area that is appropriate for the promotion of commercial development. The territory being added will become subject to provisions of the original plan.
Some $1,000,000 in proposed debt will be incurred in the area to be added to the urban renewal area. The city of Le Mars has a constitutional debt limit of $21,223,282. Outstanding general obligation debt of the city is $12,930,000.
The second agenda item for the planning and zoning commission was a preliminary plat. Ellensohns First Addition consists of 21 lots and is located south of county road C-30 between 14th Avenue East and 17th Avenue East. It is located adjacent to the east edge of the Le Mars city limits. The commission approved the preliminary plat subject to the area being annexed to the city and subject to inclusion of restrictive covenants.
Owners/subdividers of the new addition are Mark and Nancy Ellensohn, Eric and Nicky Ellensohn, Paul and Robin Ellensohn, and Quentin Ellensohn.