Citizen finds zoning oversight regarding county jail project

As the new Marion County Jail continues to take shape in Marion, a resident discovered a problem.

The city did not apply for a conditional-use permit.

Roger Schwab said he caught the mistake after speaking with a property owner near the new construction site.

?The land is zoned general commercial,? he said, ?and Marty Fredrickson (Marion zoning administrator) never applied for the proper permit.?

City Administrator Doug Kjellin said Schwab was correct about the oversight, and the city is taking steps to correct it.

As part of the solution, Marion County Commissioner Dan Holub said the county has applied for a conditional-use permit to construct the jail.

?I don?t anticipate any problems with the zoning board,? Holub said about receiving the permit.

Kjellin said he didn?t anticipate any problems with the permit, either.

The city?s planning commission will consider the permit request at 7 p.m. Jan. 31.

Should the commission recommend approval, the city council will then make the final decision.

Residents in the vicinity of the new jail will be advised about the planning commission meeting, and a public hearing notice will be published.

The public hearing allows for comments from landowners 200 feet inside city limits and 1,000 feet outside city limits around the application address, according to the city?s zoning regulations.

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