The Crow Wing County Land Services Department will open a satellite office at Jenkins City Hall.
From June 3 through Nov. 1, the office will be open every Monday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Staff from the Land Services Department will be available to discuss land use issues, provide all necessary forms and to accept permit applications.
“This will be a convenient option for those who live a distance from the courthouse,” said County Commissioner Paul Thiede. “Citizens can also apply for permits online, providing a convenient way to apply for permits without having to come to the county offices in Brainerd.”
The Land Services Department performs on-site reviews of permit applications prior to issuing a land use permit. The review is designed to help landowners comply with county land use requirements and eliminate the guesswork of understanding the ordinance requirements.
After the permit application has been submitted, the permit request will be assigned to a Land Service specialist for a site visit. Before the site visits, landowners will be required to stake out the proposed building site. Most permits are approved in 10 days or less.
Landowners can also request a “call for service,” where a Land Service specialist will meet on-site prior to any permit requests to discuss any land use issues or questions. There is no cost for this service.
In addition, certain performance standards are required for properties that are located within the Shoreland District, which is any land located 1,000 feet from a lake and 300 feet from a river or stream.
Impervious coverage is limited to 25 percent and any permitted improvements that exceed 15 percent impervious coverage on lake lots require stormwater runoff to be treated before it goes into the lake. Shoreline buffers may also be required if the impervious coverage exceeds 20 percent.
Impervious coverage is a hard surface such as a rooftop, sidewalk or driveway. Septic systems also need to be compliant and pumped out within the last three years to obtain a permit.