The Willmar City Council this week adopted the first of many expected amendments to its zoning ordinance in order to make it more clear and concise. The council on Monday also adopted a text amendment regarding the location of brewpubs within the city.
Willmar's Planning Commission approved a preliminary plan contingent on being granted a variance for properties at 137 and 223 Benson Ave. SE after a unique situation was discovered — an easement for an underground pipe.
The Willmar Planning Commission on Wednesday took its first look at proposed changes to the lots that make up the Uptown Willmar mall property. The owner of the mall, RockStep Capital, wants to create five separate lots, including one for the old Pizza Hut, which could soon be home to Slim Chickens.
Willmar has several vacancies on city boards and commissions and is looking for residents to fill them. Those looking for new members include the Willmar Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and the Human Rights Commission.
There is already interest from a private party to open an indoor gun range in Willmar, specifically for his own business. Prior to the city granting such permission, the Willmar Planning Commission will need to update the city's zoning code to allow such a facility.
The holiday season brings many special festivities. From family gatherings to school concerts, community celebrations to church programs, there are many events in which people may choose to participate.
For the 11th year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is being promoted as Small Business Saturday, a day shoppers are urged to shop at small, independent and local retailers for that special gift. Small businesses from around the area are preparing for what they hope is both a positive shopping day and a return to some normalcy after the past 20 pandemic-marked months.
The Willmar City Council rescinded previous motions to hire an architect and construction manager for the proposed Willmar City Hall/Willmar Community Center project as the future of that project is unknown.
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The Willmar City Council is moving the sale of 4.1 acres of land to Willmar Poultry Innovations to a public hearing on Nov. 1. The poultry business plans to expand its operation on Kandiyohi County Road 116 and needs the land for the project.
As October wraps up, area farmers market vendors are readying their stalls for the final weeks of this year's harvest. Squash, onions and potatoes are the mainstays for the tail end of the season, but customers may see a smattering of tomatoes, beets and cucumbers before the Willmar markets close for the winter at the end of October.