Park Rapids Planning Commission handles CUP request, revocations

An HVAC business on Grove Avenue gets nod, while CUPs for a well drilling business and a diesel repair shop are revoked after remaining undeveloped.

The Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend revocation of CUPs on two adjacent parcels east of 169th Ave. and south of State Hwy. 34: "Site A," owned by Dale Breitweser, and "Site B," owned by Rick Johanneck. (Detail from a Hubbard County GIS map, annotated by the Park Rapids Enterprise)

The Park Rapids Planning Commission on Monday supported approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) and revoking two more.

In three public hearings regarding CUPs, the planning commission received no public comments.

Rowe request

John Rowe, who was present, requested a CUP to operate a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) business with no outside storage at 105 Grove Ave. N. He has a purchase agreement on the property with owner Lynette Guida, and it is zoned B-1 highway business.

City Planner Andrew Mack reported that the proposed use is consistent with its zoning and the guidance of the city’s future land use map. Commissioners made no objections to staff findings of fact or their recommendation to grant the CUP on the condition that no outdoor storage of HVAC products or contracting equipment be allowed.

City council representative Liz Stone moved to recommend that the city council approve Rowe’s CUP request. The motion passed unanimously.


Elsner revocation

Mack recommended revocation of Josh Elsner’s CUP to operate a well drilling contractor and manufactured storage shed sales lot at 18154 169th Ave., owned by Dale A. Breitweser and zoned B-1.

The city council granted the CUP in November 2018, but Mack noted that Elsner never complied with the conditions of the permit and the operation has ceased. Mack said the storage sheds have been relocated to another business, and the Breitweser site has been restored to its previous condition.

Mack said he spoke with Elsner, who said that during the past year, his business was primarily located in Detroit Lakes, and he was unable to develop it further due to a severe illness.

Commissioner Robb Swanson moved to recommend the revocation of Elsner’s CUP. The motion passed unanimously.

Farrington revocation

Mack recommended revoking John and Bonnie Farrington’s CUP to build and operate a diesel repair center at 17255 State Hwy. 34 E., now owned by Rick Johanneck and zoned B-1.

The city council granted the CUP in March 2015, but Mack said the development never took place at that location. Instead, he said, the business opened outside of town, while ownership of the property changed hands.

Mack said the revocation is consistent with recently adopted ordinance language allowing CUPs and IUPs to expire if left undeveloped.

Stone moved to recommend revoking the Farrington CUP. The motion passed unanimously.

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