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Okoboji City Council Holds Second Reading On Proposed Addition Of Conservation District To Zoning Classifications; Council Meetings To Move Back To City Hall

Wed 4-14-2021

(Okoboji)-- On a vote of three-to-two, the Okoboji City Council Tuesday evening approved the second reading of a proposal that would add  “conservation district” to the city's zoning classifications. It would also amend the A-1 Agriculture Zoning District. Council member Julie Andres was among those voting against, saying she wants more information on whether or not the new Conservation zoning district would have any impact on property values and the city's property tax revenues...Okoboji City Council 041301 

"As a city responsible for a budget and taking care of our needs and our citizen's needs, we really need to understand the impact of that."

Barbara Mendenhall, a member of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, told the council having the Conservation zoning district would send a message...Okoboji City Council 041302 

"You as a city might want to tell your community that you are interested in promoting conservation because you're a big drainage area for the lakes."

But council member Jerry Robinson says the city has already expressed it's commitment to water quality through it's involvement with the Dickinson County Water Quality Commission...Okoboji City Council 041303 

"The city of Okoboji is by far the largest contributor of that commission based on our population and our number of residents than any other of the governmental entities that belong. So I think we've demonstrated our commitment to water quality and conservation in that effort."

The matter will come back to the council for a third consideration at their meeting in May. In the meantime they're hoping to get answers to some of the issues brought up at Tuesday's meeting.

On another matter, Okoboji City Council meetings will move back to the council chambers at City Hall effective in May. The council Tuesday evening adopted a resolution to that affect.

The Okoboji City Council moved their meetings nearly a year ago to the Pearson Lakes Art Center to better accommodate social distancing guidelines brought on by the pandemic.