by Steve Peterson
Hawarden councilors heard from two viewpoints regarding a rezoning from industrial to residential at a public hearing for the parcel at 606 S. First St., owned by Leo and Dorothy Schumacher.
The Hawarden Planning and Zoning Commission had voted to recommend rezoning to residential from industrial for the parcel. No action was taken Sept. 26 by the councilors as it was delayed until Oct. 10. Councilors Monte Harvey and Patty Anderson were absent Sept. 26 but public hearing comments will be considered Oct. 10.
“The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended a zoning change as presented in your packet. I hope you will consider the following points before making any decision on this recommendation,” said Hawarden Economic Development Committee representative Lloyd Dekkers at the required Sept. 26 councilors’ public hearing. “The City has invested hundreds and thousands of dollars in infrastructure with the intent that this area is for future industrial development. Residential subdivisions do not coexist well with many types of industries.”
“Our current zoning code requires that you need to determine a need for additional land to be zoned for the purpose requested (residential in this case),” he said, “and we need to question whether that need exists for additional residential lots.”
“Our 2008 Comprehensive Plan shows both current and future land use plans reflecting this area as an industrial park and even expanding it to the east in future,” said Dekkers. “Our Zoning Code is doing exactly what it is meant to do in this case. When a residential property that is in industrial-zoned area has experienced its useful life cycle, the property now becomes available for future industrial growth rather than allowing for the construction of a new home and then trying to merge industry and new residential in the same area.”
“This property can continue as a non-conforming use in its current state,” he said. “It just cannot be expanded or a new home built.”
Ivan Huenink, who favored the zoning change, told councilors there is a family wishing to purchase the home and would like to have the final two readings of the ordinance waived.
In city business on Sept. 26:
• Welcomed newly-appointed Councilor Tim Kurth who participated in his first meeting. Kurth replaces George Jacobs, whose term expires next year.
Councilor Larry Bauder participated via telephone.
• Councilors approved, by 3-0 votes, the second reading for revisions to four city ordinances.
Mayor Ric Porter said this is being done to follow the Iowa State Legislature’s new laws. One is for an All-Terrain Vehicles description; a second is for cemetery regulations; a third is for prohibited sales and acts pertaining to sale of liquor; and a final ordinance to be changed is allowing installment payments for cost of abatement. Final hearings for ordinances’ adoption will be Oct. 10.
• Councilors, due to having only three participants, delayed discussion of Central Avenue Street Improvement Project for 2013, and it will be an action item for the Oct. 10 agenda.
• Public Works Director Tom Kane announced 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 has been chosen for a planned electrical outage for the city. This is due to Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative and city work. Any questions, call Kane at City Hall, 551-2565.
• Kane said additional dumpsters will be brought in for the Fall Clean Up Days, Oct. 5, 6 and 7, at the city dump.
• Approved, by a 3-0 vote, on the consent agenda: a request from Kum & Go in Hawarden for renewal of Class B Permit for off-premise sales of beer and wine with Sunday sales.
• Approved, by a 3-0 vote, a request from Brian Engleman, of Sportsman’s Lanes and Lounge, for a transfer of a liquor license to Hawarden Community Center for Oct. 13.