Bradow retiring from planning commission

Outgoing chair Richard Bradow has served nearly 19 years on Park Rapids Planning Commission.

Richard Bradow

Park Rapids Planning Commission chair Richard Bradow told his colleagues Monday that he is retiring from the commission at the end of the year.

Speaking at the end of the commission’s final meeting of the year, Bradow commented about having a full roster of commission members this year.

“That was kind of nice,” he said. “We weren’t scrambling for a quorum each time, most of the time.”

He then announced that he plans to retire when his term expires on Dec. 31.

“I want to express my gratefulness for the pleasure to be able to serve on the planning commission,” said Bradow, singling out planning assistant Carmen Lockhart for appreciation.


“You’ve served us well for many years,” Lockhart replied. “We appreciate you.”

According to Lockhart, Bradow has served on the commission since March 12, 2002.

In other business, the planning commission canceled its next meeting, regularly scheduled for Dec. 28.

City Planner Andrew Mack noted that the commission completed or partially completed several of the planning and zoning ordinance updates on its project list this year.

Completed priorities included establishing interim use permits, creating an ordinance permitting chicken coops and other small livestock in the city, and enacting standards for firewood nuisance enforcement.

New projects that Mack identified as needing to be prioritized included standards for commercial lighting and for residents parking vehicles on their front lawn.

The planning commission’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at city hall. This meeting will follow a work session at 5 p.m. to review the city’s comprehensive plan, kick off planning for its 2022 update, and update the zoning ordinance project list.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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