West St. Paul City Council Chambers

West St. Paul City Council Preview: Feb. 13, 2023

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Changes to the intoxicating THC ordinances and an occupancy exception for Net Ministries will come before the West St. Paul City Council.

More Intoxicating THC Ordinances

City Council tabled the last discussion of intoxicating THC zoning and licensing rules over questions about proximity to schools. Now the zoning and licensing ordinances are back for more changes. This time around they’re looking at a 1,000-foot buffer from schools and 500-feet from daycare facilities, and they’ve clearly defined what is a school and daycare facility. Other changes have been made to be in line with what the state will potentially pass.

The proposed buffers will eliminated two businesses that applied for licenses last year, The North 40 Tavern and Lafayette Tobacco.

Council will discuss the changes during Open Council Work Session (OCWS), then it will come before Planning Commission later this month and back to Council March.

Net Ministries Occupancy Extension

Council will consider extending an occupancy exception for a single family home owned by Net Ministries. The organization owns several single family homes adjacent to their campus for staff housing that were rezoned to allow for greater occupancy of unrelated people.

One of the homes is not adjacent to the campus, but they were given temporary permission to exceed occupancy there with a plan to purchase another adjacent home where they have right of first refusal. The timeline for that temporary permission is up and the exception needs to be extended. Council seemed amenable to this at the last meeting, with some additional guardrails.

Other Items on the Agenda

  • Bond sale: There was a bond sale to reimburse funds for purchasing the Hy-Vee property and the city’s financial advisor, Ehlers, will give an update.
  • Park plan: City Council will approve a contract for a new parks plan, which will include a community center study.
  • City pool: Council will also approve a slightly updated contract with the YMCA to operate the city pool. It will open on June 10.

The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable TV starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (5:45 p.m. for the OCWS meeting).

Learn more about how city council works with our Guide to West St. Paul City Council.

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