Monticello residents send message about proposed apartment building

If a recent planning commission meeting is any indicator, the next Monticello City Council could be quite packed when a proposed apartment project returns as an agenda item.

The Monticello Planning Commission continued a public hearing last week to consider a rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment from St. Cloud-based IRET Properties for a 92-unit apartment building on 5.2 acres of vacant property within the southeast quadrant of County Highway 39 and Hart Boulevard.

IRET is seeking rezoning and re-designation of the city land use requirements for the site from commercial and regional business zoning to residential and medium-high density residential.

The five-member Monticello Planning Commission advises city leaders regarding development, including amendments to the comprehensive plan, zoning, platting, variances and land use issues. The project received strong opposition from residents who spoke during the continued public hearing, which lasted a hour.

A number of area residents expressed their preference for commercial development as opposed to high-density residential and other residents were concerned the proposed building would create increased traffic.

IRET’s request moved forward from the planning commission with a recommendation of denial that could be overturned by the Monticello City Council at its Monday, Sept. 23 regular meeting.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.