Stanton Township Planning Commission

Monthly Meeting


Date:  August 9, 2011

Location: Stanton Town Hall, 31186 - 40th Ave Way, Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Attending: Mark Dubbels, Paul Schluter, Neal Sjoquist, Cheryle Peters, (Secretary), and John Krantz.


Mark Dubbels called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM

Pledge of Allegiance was recited:

Approval of Agenda: Mark Dubbels made motion to approve agenda.  Neal Sjoquist seconded the motion. Motion passed 5/0.

Approval of Minutes from July 12, 2011:

Mark Dubbels made motion to approve minutes as corrected.  John Krantz seconded the motion.

Paul Schluter seconded the motion.  Motion passed 5/0.


Zoning Certificates

Kurt Emery, 884 Hwy. 19 Boulevard, advised that he would be replacing the roof on a feed room. Mark Dubbels made a recommendation to the town board to approve Mr. Emery’s Zoning Certificate free of charge, as it is a repair. Neal Sjoquist seconded the motion. The motion passed 5/0. He was advised to acquire a copy of the minutes when approaching the county for his building permit. On another issue, he advised, also, that his operation had applied to the county for a feedlot permit, 495 animal units. Some discussion ensued.


Lee Smith, 31444 Oxford Mill Road, Cannon Falls- requested a Zoning Certificate to add onto an existing garage on his property.  Estimated cost is $6,000 for the 25ft.x25ft. addition. Mark Dubbels made a motion to recommend to the town board approval of Mr. Smith’s request.  John Krantz seconded the motion.  The motion passed 5/0. Mr. Smith was advised of the $100.00 fee and given the date for the town board meeting.


Public Hearing- Mark Dubbels closed the Regular Planning Commission Meeting and opened the Public Hearing at 7:45PM. The notice mailed to property owners was read aloud:



Mr. Jim Simon has submitted an application for a variance to the Stanton Township Residential Zoning Ordinance, parcel # R41.024.2400, east of Oxford Mill Road, section 24.  If approved, the variance would allow higher density than currently permitted for the R-1 Zoning District, one dwelling per five acres, twelve dwellings per section, one dwelling per quarter, quarter section.


The Stanton Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday, August 9th at 7:45 p.m. at the Stanton Town Hall located at 31186 – 40th Avenue Way, Cannon Falls, MN, at which time the applicant shall appear. Adjoining property owners may, also, appear either in person or by agent or attorney, to address the proposal.


The hearing of this request is not limited to those receiving copies of this notice, and if it is known that any neighbor or affected property owner, who for any reason, has not received a copy, it would be appreciated if said neighbor or property owner would inform others of this public hearing.



                                                                          Stanton Town Clerk



Mark Dubbels invited Mr. Simon to come forward to make his request. Mr. Simon requested a variance on density with the intent to build one home on 21 acres.  Some discussion ensued regarding township zoning, property lines, driveway locations, visibility from Oxford Mill Road and neighbors, speed limits, and permit processing in general.


Steve Bergstahler, 31599 Oxford Mill Road spoke in favor of the proposal, one house on 21 acres, consistent with the development of the valley.  

Mr. Dunker, PO Box 275, had no objections under the stated conditions; the variance would apply only to the property in question and implied no re-zoning to the area. 

Mr. Lee Smith requested a 100ft. minimum setback.  Discussion ensued regarding additional conditions upon the variance.  Mr. Dean Johnson contributed to the discussion by stating that the Statutes would, indeed, allow the town board to approve further stipulations for the property.  Mr. Dunker concurred.

Mark Dubbels clarified, for the record that the requested variance on density applied to both the section density and, also, the quarter, quarter density, as well.  Under current zoning, the request fails both thresholds regarding density. 

John Schoetloffel- 31717 Stanton Trail stated, for the record, no objection to the proposal.

Jason Leland, 31415 Oxford Mill Road stated, for the record, no objection to the proposal. 

Mr. Leo Gehrke, 31748 Oxford Mill Road stated no objection to the proposal.


Mark Dubbels made a last call for comments from the public and then closed the Public Hearing for input.  The Planning Commission meeting was re-opened for discussion.  Discussion ensued.  Mark called for a vote.  The vote was 5/0 in favor of the proposal for density variance in both the section and the quarter, quarter pertaining only to the property in question; one dwelling.  


Old Business

Red Cross Paper work was addressed.  Cheryle informed the PC that she would be meeting with Cindy Becker on August 23rd to finalize shelter agreement contracts. 

Map Upgrade- Paul Schluter presented map samples acquired with assistance from the county. A request was made to include section #’s.  Lamination costs were discussed for a 32”x 42” aerial map of Stanton Township.  Discussion regarding the final product followed; will be included in the Ordinance document and would be posted on-line, as well.


New Business –

Roads- Mark Dubbels stated that 310th Street needs repair due to washouts and should be considered a township priority.  Discussion ensued regarding a proper remedy and the need for town board direction.


Reports of Meetings Attended

Parks and Trail County meeting, July 28th, 1:00, Zumbrota Covered Bridge Park- Paul Schluter reported that little progress had been made concerning particular land acquisition.



Upcoming Meetings-



Adjourn- Mark Dubbels made a motion to adjourn.  John Krantz seconded the motion.  The motion passed 5/0. 



Meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,






Planning Commission Chair