Tade Kerndt addresses the Decorah Planning and Zoning Commission at Decorah City Hall Monday night. (Photo by Sarah Strandberg)
Tade Kerndt addresses the Decorah Planning and Zoning Commission at Decorah City Hall Monday night. (Photo by Sarah Strandberg)
For the second time in a year, the Decorah Planning and Zoning Commission has voted down a request to rezone floodplain near Wal-Mart to C-4 commercial.
After a public hearing Monday night, the Commission voted 3-3 to deny the rezoning. Commission members Tony Clarke, Stan Moellers and Ryan Delaney voted in favor of rezoning the property, while Joel Zook, Nathan Thompson and Barbara Massman voted against it. Commission member Llew Jenkins was absent.
Allan Dahlen has asked to rezone about 31 acres from F-1 floodplain to C-4 shopping center commercial. Dahlen is being represented by Viking Realtors Broker and Real Estate Agent Tade Kerndt of Decorah who said the goal is to have the property rezoned so that any potential businesses interested in the site won’t have to go through the “hassle” of having it rezoned.
It’s the same property that Menards had considered as a site for a new store. The company withdrew its request to rezone the property in October after the Commission denied its rezoning request in August on a 4-3 vote. The Commission makes recommendations on rezoning requests to the Decorah City Council.
After Monday’s meeting, Kerndt, who said he has not been in contact with Menards officials, said he would need to meet with Dahlen before deciding what to do next and whether to submit the rezoning request to the Council.
“We’re disappointed. We were hoping it would go differently,” Kerndt said.
“We’re going to do a little more research and see what our options are,” he said.
For the complete story, see Thursday’s Decorah Journal.