Monday night at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Monte­video City Council agreed with the recommendation of the planning commission and approved a Con­ditional Use Permit (CUP) for Chippewa Enterprises to construct and operate its day training and habilitation center at the corner of Ashmore Avenue and Ben­son Road.


Monday night at its regularly scheduled meeting, the Monte­video City Council agreed with the recommendation of the planning commission and approved a Con­ditional Use Permit (CUP) for Chippewa Enterprises to construct and operate its day training and habilitation center at the corner of Ashmore Avenue and Ben­son Road.

The council also approved the introduction of an ordinance to permanently rezone the parcel from (R1) Single Family Residential to (B2) High­way Business District.

The city planning commission met and held a public hearing Aug. 8 to review possible repercussions from the rezoning.

Their recommendation for approval of the CUP was contingent upon five conditions:

1) The parcel of land must be rezoned;

2) Permit is subject to planning commission acceptance and approval of the site plan by the applicant;

3) If the planning commission deems necessary, screening will be provided be­tween the proposed development and neighboring residential parcels to the south;

4) Applicant must cooperate with Mn/DOT and city staff to ensure vehicular approaches meet state guidelines and do not pose threat of congestion or traffic accidents.

5) The city has the right to review the permit at any time and impose additional conditions for the purpose of preserving and protecting the character of the area and lessen negative implications caused by the permit.

The planning commission recommended approval of the rezoning ordinance as the area is currently, and has historically been, used for commercial purposes.

The Montevideo 1996 Comprehensive Plan states that area is to be rezoned from residential to commercial. The plan also encourages infill on vacant parcels of land and directs city staff and the planning commission to assist businesses and organizations to facilitate their continued location in Montevideo.

Chippewa Enterprises has been in existance since the 1960s,” said Chippewa Enterprises executive direc­tor Gwen Bowler. “We’re a very stable organization.”

Chippewa Enterprises is a nonprofit company that provides training, habilitation and supported employ­ment services for adults with developmental disabilities.

The company has been operating from a building on the Chippewa County Fairgrounds.

“We have lots of water down there every spring,” explained Bowler.

The flooding makes it dif­ficult for both staff and clients to access the facility.

“It will be a blessing for all of us to get to higher ground,” said Bowler. “We just feel that this new building will provide us with the ability to provide more work for our folks and I think it will be good for everybody.”