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Park Rapids Council passes ‘shouse’ ordinance

The final reading of the city code update passed without discussion on June 14.

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The Park Rapids City Council on June 14 approved the final reading of an update to the city’s zoning ordinance.

An amended text of the ordinance was presented as an addendum to the council’s printed agenda packet.

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Council member Erika Randall made a motion to approve the ordinance. Without discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

Most of the amended language is a complete replacement of city code Chapter 151.115, “Accessory Uses and Structures,” including standards for “shouses,” or combined sheds and houses. It states:

  • No accessory structure (shed) over 120 square feet and on a permanent foundation will be permitted before the principal building to which it is an accessory.
  • Sheds attached to the principal building must be structurally part of that building and meet requirements for the principal building.
  • Sheds “incidental to a dwelling” may not exceed 3,000 square feet without a conditional use permit (CUP) and must have a roof pitch of at least 6/12, except per the CUP.
  • No additions to nonconforming sheds will be allowed.
  • Private residential garages may not be used to operate a business, except as provided by Chapter 151.146 “Home Occupations.”
  • Detached sheds must be in the side or rear yard, and their footprint may not exceed one square foot in 10 square feet of lot.
  • Sheds may not exceed 75% of the combined footprint of the shed and dwelling (not counting decks, porches, etc.), except per a CUP.
  • Sheds exceeding 60% of the combined shed-dwelling footprint must have an egress window for every 15 full feet of each wall’s length, be of uniform appearance with the dwelling and have eaves extending at least 18 inches beyond the two longest walls and 12 inches beyond other walls.

The ordinance also features standards for business and industrial sheds, including parking requirements.
In an amendment to Chapter 151.147 “Standards for Single-Family Dwellings,” the ordinance specifies that single-family dwellings must have a minimum floor area of 800 square feet on the main level, not counting attached garages, decks, porches and other non-habitable spaces.

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It also clarifies that single-family homes, other than park models, must meet all applicable ordinances, laws and building codes.

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