Dassel City Council to decide zoning dispute tonight, Feb. 4

February 4, 2008

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The Dassel Planning and Zoning Commission was deadlocked Tuesday on whether a 48-unit home for the elderly is appropriate next to Highway 15. The issue will be brought to the city council tonight, Monday, Feb. 4, for a decision.

Planning commission members Mike Scanlon and Jeff Loven are in favor of allowing the facility into a zone classified as C2, commercial, Scanlon said.

Commission members Deb Suchy and Dennis Johnson are against having the facility, classified as R4, in the lot directly west of Highway 15 and north of Highway 12.

Commission member Mike Enerson was unable to make it to the meeting, Scanlon added.

The facility which provides 24-hour customized living services for the elderly, is licensed as a motel/hotel. According to Dassel ordinance, a motel/hotel is allowed in a C2 zone, according to Roz Ewald, owner and manager of Cedar Crest of Hutchinson.

The facility will provide minimal services, such as three meals a day, companionship, activities and medication supervision, and total care if needed.

“Our facility will be creating approximately 45 new jobs,” Ewald said Jan. 28 in a letter to the editor in the Enterprise Dispatch.

Dassel only has residential land in the city that is zoned R1 and R2, not R4. The proposed facility requires large trucks and semis for delivery of food and supplies, which might be a problem for a residential area, Ewald said.

The 48 private units will have private bathrooms and walk-in closets, large open community areas, and an access to an outdoor patio. It will look like a hotel, she added.

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