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A Hastings ordinance that would allow churches in all B (commercial) Districts by special use permit was sent back to the Planning Commission for clarification on what restrictions could be imposed with a special use permit.

Council members had several questions about specific parts of the change, with Councilman Don Bowers adamantly opposed. “I don’t want to see it done…if you okay it, you have to give it to anyone who asks.”


Councilwoman Brenda McNabb-Stange said she didn’t like that pieces of prime real estate would become exempt from taxes. Bowers motion to deny it failed, the council instead voted unanimously to send the issue back to the commission. “I don’t like to vote against the planning commission, but sometimes you don’t get all the questions answered,” Councilman Al Jarvis said.


Ordinance 555, dealing with temporary storage enclosures, passed unanimously without discussion. The issue had been sent back to the planning commission for additional limits on size, locations and number of structure permitted on any property. The new wording treats the temporary enclosures similar to accessory buildings.

“The Planning Commission did an excellent job on the things I was concerned with,” McNabb-Stange said.


No action was taken on a draft ordinance dealing with entertainment venues in the city. City Manager Jeff Mansfield asked that the second reading be moved to July for more time to work on the draft. The administration and operational issues was more complicated than originally thought, and they would need more comprehensive language dealing with rules, requirements, permits and terms and conditions on the use of city’s entertainment venues. “There are some gaps in there,” he said.


The council did vote to allow a refundable $300 fee in the new ordinance for non-city users that would cover any possible costs of cleanup or repair after an event.











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