St. Peter Looks at Changes to Stop “Commercial Creep”

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(St. Peter, MN) – St. Peter is considering an ordinance to address concerns of commercial creep into the historically residential portions of the Minnesota Avenue corridor.

The concerns were raised by some members of the Planning Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission and City Council after property was rezoned to allow for a new strip mall, including Dunkin’ Donuts, at the site of the former Mary’s Flowers.

The draft ordinance discussed at today’s Council work session would create a Residential Preservation Overlay District. Areas within an RPO would have to meet certain standards for development, accessibility, lighting, building design and construction.

The council had previously considered a six-month moratorium on rezoning Minnesota Avenue properties to give them time to address the commercial creep concerns, but decided against.

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