Schultz says around 130 units, with a different mix, is needed for profitability.
“A majority of them [the units] should be one bedroom apartments, and you can’t build a property while most of them are one bedroom apartments – they don’t generate cash.
Sartell imposes certain lot sizes per apartment unit. Alterations approved in 2020 require 3,000 square feet for each two-bedroom apartment built. An efficiency unit must have an associated land area of 2,400 square feet. The regulations are intended to limit the population density in multi-family complexes. Schultz says the restrictions are losing him money.
“Now the value has changed. The tax bills went down and I paid a lot of money for those seven acres. In fact, I’m losing money on this. If I had to go under this new R-3 zoning, that changes a lot of things. »
Schultz spoke Monday evening at Sartell’s Planning Commission meeting.
All potentially affected owners receive notices during the rezoning by certified mail. Schultz says he was never aware of the initiative. The planning commission says the original PUD agreement was only for two years, which Schultz disputes.
Sartell staff say they never received a recorded and signed version of the file. Schultz says the July 2017 board meeting minutes and a video recording should be able to answer any questions about what was approved. Missing documents further complicate the problem. Deputy city administrator Scott Saehr says the policy says the developer is responsible for making sure everything is in working order.
“When these documents have been prepared and approved by the council, it is up to the developer to register these documents and then a copy of the registration is returned to the city. The city has not received a record of this specific package.
Saehr says the Schultz property isn’t the only instance the city doesn’t have a copy of the agreement on file. He is in the early stages of drafting a procedural change to make it less common in the future.
Sartell staff took the matter to the planning commission on Monday to see if they would be open to allowing a structure that will allow Schultz to be profitable in its investment. Saehr says the city is always willing to compromise if it’s for the good of everyone involved.
“We always try to see things from a community development perspective, where it relates to our code. And maintain a healthy balance also with the economic development of our community.
Schultz was invited back with architectural renderings of what he had been envisioning for almost five years now. It remains an open question whether he will be granted permission to develop a complex closer to what the original PUD agreement envisioned or something more in line with the municipality’s current regulations.
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