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Porter planners amend Anderson Trucking site plan

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The Porter Plan Commission approved an amendment to the site plan for the Anderson Trucking training and maintenance facility planned for 1555 U.S. 20, next to Shelton Fireworks at its meeting Wednesday night.

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Anderson Trucking previously planned a 36,000-square foot training and maintenance facility with parking for 135 tractor-trailers and secured entry at the site, which the Town Council agreed to rezone from B-3, General business, to I-1, Light Industrial, in January.

Representatives of Anderson now say they want to make the building 1,900 square feet larger and add some additional employee parking because they’ve gotten a lot of inquiries about jobs and because they like the site’s proximity to I-94.

Town Planner Jim Mandon said his only concern was drainage/retention, but Porter Building Commissioner Michael Barry said the site’s drainage plan has been changed to accommodate the additions. The Planners approved the amended site plan unanimously.

Comprehensive Plan

In February, the Planners approved an estimate for Mandon to start work on a new Town Comprehensive Plan not to exceed $4,500. Mandon had estimated that he would spend almost 100 hours between April and August on data collection, population projections, a future thoroughfare plan, a future land use map, and conclusions/recommendations to complete a new draft plan.

The Planners never forwarded the proposal to the Town Council for their review; however, so they asked Barry to forward the proposal last night.

Planner Rob Albrecht-Mallinger asked the others’ thoughts on starting to gather public input on a new plan. The general consensus was that doing so before Mandon has finished his data collection would be premature. Mandon said the data will be an important tool for the Planners to have as they seek the public’s input.

The Planners agreed they will have to take special care in gathering public input amid a pandemic. Long-time Planner Jim Eriksson said, “Last time we did this, nobody came,” 16 years ago, when the current plan was written. Mandon has suggested a series of workshops or smaller meetings in neighborhoods could be most convenient for residents.

Sign Ordinance

A public hearing on proposed amendments to the Town’s sign ordinance was postponed until next month because notice of the hearing was not published 10 days in advance, as is required in state law.



Posted 7/16/2020




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