Dunn Center moves forward with five-year plan

The City of Dunn Center lifted its moratorium on skid shacks and other temporary housing facilities on Nov. 8.

Posted November 16, 2012


Dunn County Herald

The City of Dunn Center lifted its moratorium on skid shacks and other temporary housing facilities on Nov. 8.

The moratorium was initially placed by City Council members on June 26, after concern was raised about skid shacks and campers being doubled up on individual lots, which presented critical issues for city residents regarding parking, setbacks and the impact of additional water usage. In the past four years, water usage has risen from 81 homes to 146, according to city councilwoman Maggie Piatz.

Other concerns raised by the public at this time included the issue of RV parking on individual lots as well as multiple people living in a single family zone, which is not permitted within city limits according to the city’s zoning code. On Aug. 23, the City Council voted to further extend the moratorium for an additional 70 days due to non-compliance of the above stated issues.

However, improvements in recent months have prompted the City Council to now lift the moratorium on new temporary housing. One major improvement was the addition of a second 22,000-gallon water reservoir last August, which greatly eased the water shortage that had formerly impacted the growth of the city. The addition of the new reservoir has doubled the water content for the city and will allow future growth to continue.

Members of Dunn Center’s zoning board and City Council continue to meet with developers and review their plans to build within the city. A five-year plan has been developed by City Engineer, Cory Ravnaas of Hyalite Engineers, LLC, which will allow for more improvements to the city.

One improvement currently underway is the city’s concerted effort regarding cleanup issues throughout town. Owners of properties are being notified of violations, including junk cars, debris and garbage. These property owners are being asked to work with the city to create a time frame in which they can come into compliance.

Another area affecting zoning ordinances is the issue of semi-trucks — with or without trailers — being allowed to travel or park on city streets. At this point, only commercial trucks making deliveries are permitted to drive on city side streets, and trucks traveling on Central Avenue are limited to 25 miles per hour, except in areas marked 15 miles per hour to protect the safety of children at play.

“These can be exciting times for all the small communities in the Dunn County area. It is a time to carefully review all the planning, zoning, and ideas put before us to ensure that we make the right decisions. When it is all said and done, my goal for Dunn Center is to see that we still end up with a nice community in which to live,” said City Councilwoman Maggie Piatz.




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