Council adopts vacant building permit ordinance

Friday, August 5, 2022

LE MARS — At its Aug. 2 meeting, the Le Mars City Council adopted Ordinance No. 972 to add Chapter 161 “Vacant Building Permit” to the Le Mars Coded Ordinances.

The ordinance applies only to properties within the national and state recognized Le Mars Downtown Historic District.

The council conducted the third reading of the ordinance with no discussion from the public or council members.

With its adoption, this ordinance gives some assurance to property owners that a vacant building meets minimum standards and is not a potential or immediate safety risk.

In addition to the ordinance, the council approved the city administration’s recommendation of $50 as the fee for a Vacant Building Permit. This fee will be added to the list of fees, licenses and charges reviewed each year by the council.

The council also conducted a public hearing for a rezoning request for Majestic View Addition on the south edge of Le Mars.

The request regarded a proposed rezoning change of Majestic View Addition from R (Rural) to R-1 (Residential District).

The Final Plat consists of one buildable lot of 5.583 acres and Outlot 1 which will be future city right-of-way. The lot is at the west end of 22nd Street Southeast that was constructed as part of the Dogwood 3rd Addition. No extension of city infrastructure is required.

At its July 5, meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the zoning change and passed that recommendation on to the council.

Mayor Rob Bixenman opened the hearing, and received no comments from the public.

With no comments, the first reading was approved.

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