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Establishing Utility Rates for Sanitary Sewer, Water and Storm Water

ORDINANCE NO. 2016 - 22

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING UTILITY RATES

FOR SANITARY SEWER, WATER AND

STORM WATER WITHIN THE CITY OF ROGERS

 

            The Rogers City Council Ordains as follows:

Section 1. Rate Study and Recommendation.

The City of Rogers, in review of its current rate structure, recommends the following rate increases for sanitary sewer, water and storm water rates for 2017. The rates shown below represent increases based upon previous rate study recommendations and reflect revenue needs for program expenses.

Section 2. 2017 Utility Rates.

The following rates will be charged by the City of Rogers for sanitary sewer, water and storm water for usage commencing on January 1, 2017:

STORM WATER

 

ZONING DISTRICT RATE
Agricultural $0.00
Agricultural PUD, RE-2, RE-4, & RE-5 Rural Properties $3.87/per parcel per month
Residential Single Family R2, R2a Urban Properties $4.01/per parcel per month
R-3 Mid-Density Residential

$3.92/per parcel per month for all sizes larger than 0.25 acreas

$2.53/per parcel per month for 0.25 acres in size or smaller

R-4 Multi-Family Residential

$3.92/per parcel per month or $7.91/acre for parcels over 0.5 acres in size

plus $0.0005 per square foot of impervious area

B-1, B-2, B-3, BC, LI Retail/Commercial/Industrial

$5.26/per parcel per month or $10.34/acre for parcels over 0.5 acres in size

plus $0.0005 per square foot of impervious area

INST Institutional

$3.92/per parcel per month or $7.91/acre for parcels over 0.5 acres in size

plus $0.0005 per square foot of impervious area

Parks & Wetlands $0.00
Special Industrial $0.00

 

                       

WATER

  1. Fixed Charges.
  1. A monthly basic charge per meter size to cover fixed costs are as follows:
METER SIZE   BASIC CHARGE

5/8”

3/4”

1”

1 ½”

2”

3”

4”

=

=

=

=

=

=

=

1.64/month

1.86/month

2.29/month

2.95/month

4.81/month

18.01/month

22.94/month

  1. The annual charge for State mandated water testing fees per connection is $6.72 per year. A monthly equivalent is .56 cents per connection. This charge is in addition to the monthly basic charge.

            B.        Commodity Rate.

                       

                        A tiered monthly water (“commodity”) charge is as follows:

ZONING/GALLONS WATER RATE

Residential

Tier 1             0-6,000 gallons

Tier 2            6,001-30,000 gallons

Tier 3             30,001-75,000 gallons

Tier 4             Over 75,000 gallons

Commercial

Tier 1             0-47,000 gallons

Tier 2             Over 47,000 gallons

   Metered Irrigation  

No Tier       0-999,999,999 gallons

$1.38/per 1,000 gallons

$1.72/per 1,000 gallons

$2.07/per 1,000 gallons

$2.48/per 1,000 gallons

$1.72/per 1,000 gallons

$2.07/per 1,000 gallons

$2.48/per 1,000 gallons

                                   

SANITARY SEWER

ALL ZONING DISTRICTS RATE

Flat Fee

(Paid by all property owners)

$2.79/per month
Usage $3.04/per 1,000 gallons
  1. Residential property owners will have their sewer consumption in the summer capped at the winter usage known as “winter averaging”.
  2. For residential property owners who have no winter water usage, the winter average would be based on 80% of the previous year’s actual water consumption for billing cycle.
  3. New residential property owners would have their winter average set at the City’s residential average water consumption of 15,000 gallons per bi-monthly billing cycle until they are able to establish a winter average amount. For 2017, new owners would have their sewer capped at $51.18 per billing cycle.

Section 3. Billing Cycle.

 

a)         Residential/Agricultural - Residential and agricultural properties will be billed on a bi-monthly basis.

b)         Institutional/Commercial - Institutional and commercial/industrial properties will be billed on a monthly basis.

c)         All payments shall be due on the 10th day of the month following billing.

Section 4. Penalty

 

There will be added to the current billing, if not paid by the due date, a late charge of 1.5% for each month or part thereof calculated against the arrears.

Section 5. Land Use/Billing Categories.

City Staff is directed to review and identify the appropriate land use and billing categories for all property within the City. The billing category shall coincide with the actual use of the property.

Section 6. Back Billing and Refunds.

City staff is authorized to charge back for a period of one year (back billing) properties that are identified as having been inappropriately charged; similarly, staff is authorized to refund for up to two years for properties that we improperly billed.

 

Section 7.   Certification Fee.

 

At such time as a property is eligible for certification of utility charges, City staff may charge a certification fee of $50.00 to each account that qualifies for certification.

Section 8. Repealed

All previous Code Sections and Ordinances that are inconsistent with this Ordinance are hereby repealed upon the effective date of this Ordinance.

Section 9.   Effective Date.

This Ordinance shall be effective and the above-referenced rate changes shall commence with usage beginning January 1, 2017.

Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 22nd day of November, 2016.

Amending Section 125-226, Floodplain Overlay District

ORDINANCE NO. 2016 – 20

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ROGERS CITY CODE, SECTION 125-226, FLOODPLAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM REGULATIONS AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 2012-02

The Rogers City Council ordains as follows:

SECTION 125-226   Floodplain overlay district (FP) shall be replaced as follows:

(a) STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION, FINDINGS OF FACT AND PURPOSE

  1. 1Statutory Authorization: The legislature of the State of Minnesota has, in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103F and Chapter 462 delegated the responsibility to local government units to adopt regulations designed to minimize flood losses. Therefore, the City Council of Rogers, Minnesota, does ordain as follows.

1.2 Purpose:

1.21  This ordinance regulates development in the flood hazard areas of the City of Rogers. These flood hazard areas are subject to periodic inundation, which may result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base. It is the purpose of this ordinance to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare by minimizing these losses and disruptions.

1.22  National Flood Insurance Program Compliance. This ordinance is adopted to comply with the rules and regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program codified as 44 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 59 -78, as amended, so as to maintain the community’s eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program.

1.23 This ordinance is also intended to preserve the natural characteristics and functions of watercourses and floodplains in order to moderate flood and stormwater impacts, improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, protect aquatic and riparian habitat, provide recreational opportunities, provide aesthetic benefits and enhance community and economic development.

SECTION 2.0     GENERAL PROVISIONS

2.1   How to Use This Ordinance: This ordinance adopts the floodplain maps applicable to the City of Rogers and includes three floodplain districts: Floodway, Flood Fringe, and General Floodplain.

2.11 Where Floodway and Flood Fringe districts are delineated on the floodplain maps, the standards in Sections 4 or 5 will apply, depending on the location of a property.

2.12 Locations where Floodway and Flood Fringe districts are not delineated on the floodplain maps are considered to fall within the General Floodplain district. Within the General Floodplain district, the Floodway District standards in Section 4 apply unless the floodway boundary is determined, according to the process outlined in Section 6. Once the floodway boundary is determined, the Flood Fringe District standards in Section 5 may apply outside the floodway.

2.2 Lands to Which Ordinance Applies: This ordinance applies to all lands within the jurisdiction of the City of Rogers shown on the Official Zoning Map and/or the attachments to the map as being located within the boundaries of the Floodway, Flood Fringe, or General Floodplain Districts.

2.21  The Floodway, Flood Fringe and General Floodplain Districts are overlay districts that are superimposed on all existing zoning districts. The standards imposed in the overlay districts are in addition to any other requirements in this ordinance. In case of a conflict, the more restrictive standards will apply.

2.3 Incorporation of Maps by Reference: The following maps together with all attached material are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of the Official Zoning Map and this ordinance. The attached material includes the Flood Insurance Study for Hennepin County, Minnesota, and Incorporated Areas, dated November 4, 2016 and the Flood Insurance Rate Map panels enumerated below, dated November 4, 2016, all prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. These materials are on file in the City Clerk’s office.

Effective Flood Insurance Rate Map panels:


27053C0008F

27053C0009F

27053C0017F

27053C0019F

27053C0027F

27053C0028F

27053C0029F

27053C0031F

27053C0032F

27053C0033F

27053C0034F

27053C0038F

27053C0039F

27053C0040F

27053C0043F

27053C0044F

27053C0045F


2.4   Regulatory Flood Protection Elevation: The regulatory flood protection elevation (RFPE) is an elevation no lower than one foot above the elevation of the regional flood plus any increases in flood elevation caused by encroachments on the floodplain that result from designation of a floodway.

2.5   Interpretation: The boundaries of the zoning districts are determined by scaling distances on the Flood Insurance Rate Map.

2.51  Where a conflict exists between the floodplain limits illustrated on the official zoning map and actual field conditions, the flood elevations shall be the governing factor. The Zoning Administrator must interpret the boundary location based on the ground elevations that existed on the site on the date of the first National Flood Insurance Program map showing the area within the regulatory floodplain, and other available technical data.

2.52  Persons contesting the location of the district boundaries will be given a reasonable opportunity to present their case to the Planning Commission and to submit technical evidence.

2.6 Abrogation and Greater Restrictions: It is not intended by this ordinance to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or other private agreements. However, where this ordinance imposes greater restrictions, the provisions of this ordinance prevail. All other ordinances inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of the inconsistency only.

2.7 Warning and Disclaimer of Liability: This ordinance does not imply that areas outside the floodplain districts or land uses permitted within such districts will be free from flooding or flood damages. This ordinance does not create liability on the part of the City of Rogers or its officers or employees for any flood damages that result from reliance on this ordinance or any administrative decision lawfully made hereunder.

2.8   Severability: If any section, clause, provision, or portion of this ordinance is adjudged unconstitutional or invalid by a court of law, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected and shall remain in full force.

2.9   Definitions: Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this ordinance must be interpreted according to common usage and so as to give this ordinance its most reasonable application.

2.911           

2.10 Annexations: The Flood Insurance Rate Map panels adopted by reference into Section 2.3 above may include floodplain areas that lie outside of the corporate boundaries of the City of Rogers at the time of adoption of this ordinance. If any of these floodplain land areas are annexed into the City of Rogers after the date of adoption of this ordinance, the newly annexed floodplain lands will be subject to the provisions of this ordinance immediately upon the date of annexation.

2.11 Detachments. The Flood Insurance Rate Map panels adopted by reference into Section 2.3 above will include floodplain areas that lie inside the corporate boundaries of municipalities at the time of adoption of this ordinance. If any of these floodplain land areas are detached from a municipality and come under the jurisdiction of the City of Rogers after the date of adoption of this ordinance, the newly detached floodplain lands will be subject to the provisions of this ordinance immediately upon the date of detachment.

SECTION 3.0     ESTABLISHMENT OF ZONING DISTRICTS

3.1 Districts:

3.11  Floodway District. The Floodway District includes those areas within Zones AE that have a floodway delineated as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map adopted in Section 2.3.

3.12 Flood Fringe District. The Flood Fringe District includes areas within Zones AE that have a floodway delineated on the Flood Insurance Rate Map adopted in Section 2.3, but are located outside of the floodway.

3.13  General Floodplain District. The General Floodplain District includes those areas within Zone A and AE that do not have a delineated floodway as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map adopted in Section 2.3.

3.2   Applicability: Within the floodplain districts established in this ordinance, the use, size, type and location of development must comply with the terms of this ordinance and other applicable regulations. In no cases shall floodplain development adversely affect the efficiency or unduly restrict the capacity of the channels or floodways of any tributaries to the main stream, drainage ditches, or any other drainage facilities or systems. All uses not listed as permitted uses or conditional uses in Sections 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 are prohibited. In addition, critical facilities, as defined in Section 2.915, are prohibited in all floodplain districts.

SECTION 4.0   FLOODWAY DISTRICT (FW)

4.1   Permitted Uses: The following uses, subject to the standards set forth in Section 4.2, are permitted uses if otherwise allowed in the underlying zoning district or any applicable overlay district:

4.11 General farming, pasture, grazing, outdoor plant nurseries, horticulture, truck farming, forestry, sod farming, and wild crop harvesting.

4.12 Industrial-commercial loading areas, parking areas, and airport landing strips.

4.13 Open space uses, including but not limited to private and public golf courses, tennis courts, driving ranges, archery ranges, picnic grounds, boat launching ramps, swimming areas, parks, wildlife and nature preserves, game farms, fish hatcheries, shooting preserves, hunting and fishing areas, and single or multiple purpose recreational trails.

4.14 Residential lawns, gardens, parking areas, and play areas.

4.15  Railroads, streets, bridges, utility transmission lines and pipelines, provided that the Department of Natural Resources’ Area Hydrologist is notified at least ten days prior to issuance of any permit.

4.2   Standards for Floodway Permitted Uses:

4.21 The use must have a low flood damage potential.

4.22 The use must not obstruct flood flows or cause any increase in flood elevations and must not involve structures, obstructions, or storage of materials or equipment.

4.23 Any facility that will be used by employees or the general public must be designed with a flood warning system that provides adequate time for evacuation if the area is inundated to a depth and velocity such that the depth (in feet) multiplied by the velocity (in feet per second) would exceed a product of four upon occurrence of the regional (1% chance) flood.

4.3   Conditional Uses: The following uses may be allowed as conditional uses following the standards and procedures set forth in Section 10.4 of this ordinance and further subject to the standards set forth in Section 4.4, if otherwise allowed in the underlying zoning district or any applicable overlay district.

4.31 Structures accessory to the uses listed in 4.11 – 4.13 above and the uses listed in 4.32 - 4.33 below.

4.32 Extraction and storage of sand, gravel, and other materials.

4.33 Marinas, boat rentals, docks, piers, wharves, and water control structures.

4.34 Storage yards for equipment, machinery, or materials.

4.35 Placement of fill or construction of fences that obstruct flood flows. Farm fences, as defined in section 2.918, are permitted uses.

4.36 Travel-ready recreational vehicles meeting the exception standards in Section 9.3.

4.37 Levees or dikes intended to protect agricultural crops for a frequency flood event equal to or less than the 10-year frequency flood event.

4.4   Standards for Floodway Conditional Uses:

4.41 All Uses. A conditional use must not cause any increase in the stage of the 1% chance or regional flood or cause an increase in flood damages in the reach or reaches affected.

4.42 Fill; Storage of Materials and Equipment:

(a) The storage or processing of materials that are, in time of flooding, flammable, explosive, or potentially injurious to human, animal, or plant life is prohibited.

(b) Fill, dredge spoil, and other similar materials deposited or stored in the floodplain must be protected from erosion by vegetative cover, mulching, riprap or other acceptable method. Permanent sand and gravel operations and similar uses must be covered by a long-term site development plan.

(c) Temporary placement of fill, other materials, or equipment which would cause an increase to the stage of the 1% percent chance or regional flood may only be allowed if the City Council has approved a plan that assures removal of the materials from the floodway based upon the flood warning time available.

4.43 Accessory Structures. Accessory structures, as identified in Section 4.31, may be permitted, provided that:

(a) structures are not intended for human habitation;

(b) structures will have a low flood damage potential;

(c) structures will be constructed an placed so as to offer a minimal obstruction to the flow of flood waters;

(d) Service utilities, such as electrical and heating equipment, within these structures must be elevated to or above the regulatory flood protection elevation or properly floodproofed;

(e) Structures must be elevated on fill or structurally dry floodproofed in accordance with the FP1 or FP2 floodproofing classifications in the State Building Code. All floodproofed structures must be adequately anchored to prevent flotation, collapse or lateral movement and designed to equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls.

(f) As an alternative, an accessory structure may be internally/wet floodproofed to the FP3 or FP4 floodproofing classifications in the State Building Code, provided the accessory structure constitutes a minimal investment and does not exceed 576 square feet in size. Designs for meeting this requirement must either be certified by a registered professional engineer or meet or exceed the following criteria:

(1)   To allow for the equalization of hydrostatic pressure, there must be a minimum of two “automatic” openings in the outside walls of the structure, with a total net area of not less than one square inch for every square foot of enclosed area subject to flooding; and
(2)   There must be openings on at least two sides of the structure and the bottom of all openings must be no higher than one foot above the lowest adjacent grade to the structure. Using human intervention to open a garage door prior to flooding will not satisfy this requirement for automatic openings.

4.44 Structural works for flood control that will change the course, current or cross section of protected wetlands or public waters are subject to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 103G.245.

4.45 A levee, dike or floodwall constructed in the floodway must not cause an increase to the 1% chance or regional flood. The technical analysis must assume equal conveyance or storage loss on both sides of a stream.

4.46  Floodway developments must not adversely affect the hydraulic capacity of the channel and adjoining floodplain of any tributary watercourse or drainage system.

SECTION 5.0   FLOOD FRINGE DISTRICT (FF)

5.1   Permitted Uses: Permitted uses are those uses of land or structures allowed in the underlying zoning district(s) that comply with the standards in Sections 5.2. If no pre-existing, underlying zoning districts exist, then any residential or nonresidential structure or use of a structure or land is a permitted use provided it does not constitute a public nuisance.

5.2   Standards for Flood Fringe Permitted Uses:

5.21 All structures, including accessory structures, must be elevated on fill so that the lowest floor, as defined, is at or above the regulatory flood protection elevation. The finished fill elevation for structures must be no lower than one foot below the regulatory flood protection elevation and the fill must extend at the same elevation at least 15 feet beyond the outside limits of the structure.

5.22  Accessory Structures. As an alternative to the fill requirements of section 5.21, structures accessory to the uses identified in Section 5.1 may be permitted to be internally/wet floodproofed to the FP3 or FP4 floodproofing classifications in the State Building Code, provided that:

(a) the accessory structure constitutes a minimal investment, does not exceed 576 square feet in size, and is only used for parking and storage.

(b) All portions of floodproofed accessory structures below the Regulatory Flood Protection Elevation must be: (i) adequately anchored to prevent flotation, collapse or lateral movement and designed to equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls, (ii) be constructed with materials resistant to flood damage, and (iii)must have all service utilities be water-tight or elevated to above the regulatory flood protection elevation

(c) Designs for meeting this requirement must either be certified by a registered professional engineer or meet or exceed the following criteria:

(1)   To allow for the equalization of hydrostatic pressure, there must be a minimum of two “automatic” openings in the outside walls of the structure, with a total net area of not less than one square inch for every square foot of enclosed area subject to flooding; and
(2)   There must be openings on at least two sides of the structure and the bottom of all openings must be no higher than one foot above the lowest adjacent grade to the structure. Using human intervention to open a garage door prior to flooding will not satisfy this requirement for automatic openings.

5.23 The cumulative placement of fill or similar material on a parcel must not exceed 1,000 cubic yards, unless the fill is specifically intended to elevate a structure in accordance with Section 5.21 of this ordinance, or if allowed as a conditional use under Section 5.33 below.

5.24 The storage of any materials or equipment must be elevated on fill to the regulatory flood protection elevation.

5.25  All service utilities, including ductwork, must be elevated or water-tight to prevent infiltration of floodwaters.

5.26   The storage or processing of materials that are, in time of flooding, flammable, explosive, or potentially injurious to human, animal, or plant life is prohibited.

5.27   All fill must be properly compacted and the slopes must be properly protected by the use of riprap, vegetative cover or other acceptable method.

5.28 All new principal structures must have vehicular access at or above an elevation not more than two feet below the regulatory flood protection elevation, or must have a flood warning /emergency evacuation plan acceptable to the City Council.

5.29 Accessory uses such as yards, railroad tracks, and parking lots may be at an elevation lower than the regulatory flood protection elevation. However, any facilities used by employees or the general public must be designed with a flood warning system that provides adequate time for evacuation if the area is inundated to a depth and velocity such that the depth (in feet) multiplied by the velocity (in feet per second) would exceed a product of four upon occurrence of the regional (1% chance) flood.

5.30 Interference with normal manufacturing/industrial plant operations must be minimized, especially along streams having protracted flood durations. In considering permit applications, due consideration must be given to the needs of industries with operations that require a floodplain location.

5.31 Manufactured homes and recreational vehicles must meet the standards of Section 9 of this ordinance.

5.3   Conditional Uses: The following uses and activities may be allowed as conditional uses, if allowed in the underlying zoning district(s) or any applicable overlay district, following the procedures in Section 10.4 of this ordinance.

5.31  Any structure that is not elevated on fill or floodproofed in accordance with Sections 5.21 and 5.22 of this ordinance.

5.32  Storage of any material or equipment below the regulatory flood protection elevation.

5.33  The cumulative placement of more than 1,000 cubic yards of fill when the fill is not being used to elevate a structure in accordance with Section 5.21 of this ordinance.

5.34  The use of methods to elevate structures above the regulatory flood protection elevation, including stilts, pilings, parallel walls, or above-grade, enclosed areas such as crawl spaces or tuck under garages, shall meet the standards in Section 5.46.

5.4   Standards for Flood Fringe Conditional Uses:

5.41 The standards listed in Sections 5.24 through 5.30 apply to all conditional uses.

5.42 Basements, as defined by Section 2.913 of this ordinance, are subject to the following:

(a) Residential basement construction is not allowed below the regulatory flood protection elevation.

(b) Non-residential basements may be allowed below the regulatory flood protection elevation provided the basement is structurally dry floodproofed in accordance with Section 5.43 of this ordinance.

5.43 All areas of nonresidential structures, including basements, to be placed below the regulatory flood protection elevation must be floodproofed in accordance with the structurally dry floodproofing classifications in the State Building Code. Structurally dry floodproofing must meet the FP1 or FP2 floodproofing classification in the State Building Code, which requires making the structure watertight with the walls substantially impermeable to the passage of water and with structural components capable of resisting hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loads and the effects of buoyancy.

5.44 The placement of more than 1,000 cubic yards of fill or other similar material on a parcel (other than for the purpose of elevating a structure to the regulatory flood protection elevation) must comply with an approved erosion/sedimentation control plan.

(a) The plan must clearly specify methods to be used to stabilize the fill on site for a flood event at a minimum of the regional (1% chance) flood event.

(b) The plan must be prepared and certified by a registered professional engineer or other qualified individual acceptable to the City Council.

(c) The plan may incorporate alternative procedures for removal of the material from the floodplain if adequate flood warning time exists.

5.45 Storage of materials and equipment below the regulatory flood protection elevation must comply with an approved emergency plan providing for removal of such materials within the time available after a flood warning.

5.46  Alternative elevation methods other than the use of fill may be utilized to elevate a structure's lowest floor above the regulatory flood protection elevation. The base or floor of an enclosed area shall be considered above-grade and not a structure’s basement or lowest floor if: 1) the enclosed area is above-grade on at least one side of the structure; 2) it is designed to internally flood and is constructed with flood resistant materials; and 3) it is used solely for parking of vehicles, building access or storage. The above-noted alternative elevation methods are subject to the following additional standards:

(a) Design and Certification - The structure’s design and as-built condition must be certified by a registered professional engineer as being in compliance with the general design standards of the State Building Code and, specifically, that all electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing and air conditioning equipment and other service facilities must be at or above the regulatory flood protection elevation or be designed to prevent flood water from entering or accumulating within these components during times of flooding.

(b) Specific Standards for Above-grade, Enclosed Areas - Above-grade, fully enclosed areas such as crawl spaces or tuck under garages must be designed to internally flood and the design plans must stipulate:

(1)   The minimum area of openings in the walls where internal flooding is to be used as a floodproofing technique. There shall be a minimum of two openings on at least two sides of the structure and the bottom of all openings shall be no higher than one foot above grade. The automatic openings shall have a minimum net area of not less than one square inch for every square foot of enclosed area subject to flooding unless a registered professional engineer or architect certifies that a smaller net area would suffice. The automatic openings may be equipped with screens, louvers, valves, or other coverings or devices provided that they permit the automatic entry and exit of flood waters without any form of human intervention; and
(2)   That the enclosed area will be designed of flood resistant materials in accordance with the FP3 or FP4 classifications in the State Building Code and shall be used solely for building access, parking of vehicles or storage.

SECTION 6.0     GENERAL FLOODPLAIN DISTRICT (GF)

6.1   Permitted Uses:

6.11 The uses listed in Section 4.1 of this ordinance, Floodway District Permitted Uses, are permitted uses.

6.12 All other uses are subject to the floodway/flood fringe evaluation criteria specified in Section 6.2 below. Section 4.0 applies if the proposed use is determined to be in the Floodway District. Section 5.0 applies if the proposed use is determined to be in the Flood Fringe District.

6.2   Procedures for Floodway and Flood Fringe Determinations:

6.21 Upon receipt of an application for a permit or other approval within the General Floodplain District, the Zoning Administrator must obtain, review and reasonably utilize any regional flood elevation and floodway data available from a federal, state, or other source.

6.22 If regional flood elevation and floodway data are not readily available, the applicant must furnish additional information, as needed, to determine the regulatory flood protection elevation and whether the proposed use would fall within the Floodway or Flood Fringe District. Information must be consistent with accepted hydrological and hydraulic engineering standards and the standards in 6.23 below.

6.23 The determination of floodway and flood fringe must include the following components, as applicable:

(a) Estimate the peak discharge of the regional (1% chance) flood.

(b) Calculate the water surface profile of the regional flood based upon a hydraulic analysis of the stream channel and overbank areas.

(c) Compute the floodway necessary to convey or store the regional flood without increasing flood stages more than one-half (0.5) foot. A lesser stage increase than 0.5 foot is required if, as a result of the stage increase, increased flood damages would result. An equal degree of encroachment on both sides of the stream within the reach must be assumed in computing floodway boundaries.

6.24 The Zoning Administrator will review the submitted information and assess the technical evaluation and the recommended Floodway and/or Flood Fringe District boundary. The assessment must include the cumulative effects of previous floodway encroachments. The Zoning Administrator may seek technical assistance from a designated engineer or other expert person or agency, including the Department of Natural Resources. Based on this assessment, the Zoning Administrator may approve or deny the application.

6.25  Once the Floodway and Flood Fringe District boundaries have been determined, the Zoning Administrator must process the permit application consistent with the applicable provisions of Section 4.0 and 5.0 of this ordinance.

SECTION 7.0   LAND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

7.1   In General: Recognizing that flood prone areas may exist outside of the designated floodplain districts, the requirements of this section apply to all land within the City of Rogers.

7.2 Subdivisions: No land may be subdivided which is unsuitable for reasons of flooding or inadequate drainage, water supply or sewage treatment facilities. Manufactured home parks and recreational vehicle parks or campgrounds are considered subdivisions under this ordinance.

7.21  All lots within the floodplain districts must be able to contain a building site outside of the Floodway District at or above the regulatory flood protection elevation.

7.22  All subdivisions must have road access both to the subdivision and to the individual building sites no lower than two feet below the regulatory flood protection elevation, unless a flood warning emergency plan for the safe evacuation of all vehicles and people during the regional (1% chance) flood has been approved by the City Council. The plan must be prepared by a registered engineer or other qualified individual, and must demonstrate that adequate time and personnel exist to carry out the evacuation.

7.23  For all subdivisions in the floodplain, the Floodway and Flood Fringe District boundaries, the regulatory flood protection elevation and the required elevation of all access roads must be clearly labeled on all required subdivision drawings and platting documents.

7.24   In the General Floodplain District, applicants must provide the information required in Section 6.2 of this ordinance to determine the regional flood elevation, the Floodway and Flood Fringe District boundaries and the regulatory flood protection elevation for the subdivision site.

7.25  If a subdivision proposal or other proposed new development is in a flood prone area, any such proposal must be reviewed to assure that:

(a)   All such proposals are consistent with the need to minimize flood damage within the flood prone area,

(b)   All public utilities and facilities, such as sewer, gas, electrical, and water systems are located and constructed to minimize or eliminate flood damage, and

(c)   Adequate drainage is provided to reduce exposure of flood hazard.

7.3   Building Sites. If a proposed building site is in a flood prone area, all new construction and substantial improvements (including the placement of manufactured homes) must be:

(a)   Designed (or modified) and adequately anchored to prevent floatation, collapse, or lateral movement of the structure resulting from hydrodynamic and hydrostatic loads, including the effects of buoyancy;

(b)   Constructed with materials and utility equipment resistant to flood damage;

(c)   Constructed by methods and practices that minimize flood damage; and

(d)   Constructed with electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing, and air conditioning equipment and other service facilities that are designed and/or located so as to prevent water from entering or accumulating within the components during conditions of flooding.

SECTION 8.0    PUBLIC UTILITIES, RAILROADS, ROADS, AND BRIDGES

8.1   Public Utilities: All public utilities and facilities such as gas, electrical, sewer, and water supply systems to be located in the floodplain must be floodproofed in accordance with the State Building Code or elevated to the regulatory flood protection elevation.

8.2   Public Transportation Facilities: Railroad tracks, roads, and bridges to be located within the floodplain must comply with Sections 4.0 and 5.0 of this ordinance. These transportation facilities must be elevated to the regulatory flood protection elevation where failure or interruption of these facilities would result in danger to the public health or safety or where such facilities are essential to the orderly functioning of the area. Minor or auxiliary roads or railroads may be constructed at a lower elevation where failure or interruption of transportation services would not endanger the public health or safety.

8.3   On-site Water Supply and Sewage Treatment Systems: Where public utilities are not provided: 1) On-site water supply systems must be designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of flood waters into the systems and are subject to the provisions in Minnesota Rules Chapter 4725.4350, as amended; and 2) New or replacement on-site sewage treatment systems must be designed to minimize or eliminate infiltration of flood waters into the systems and discharges from the systems into flood waters, they must not be subject to impairment or contamination during times of flooding, and are subject to the provisions in Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080.2270, as amended.

SECTION 9.0    MANUFACTURED HOMES, MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS, AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.

9.1   Manufactured Homes: New manufactured home parks and expansions to existing manufactured home parks are prohibited in any floodplain district. For existing manufactured home parks or lots of record, the following requirements apply:

9.11  Placement or replacement of manufactured home units is prohibited in the Floodway District.

9.12  If allowed in the Flood Fringe District, placement or replacement of manufactured home units is subject to the requirements of Section 5 of this ordinance and the following standards.

(a) New and replacement manufactured homes must be elevated in compliance with Section 5 of this ordinance and must be securely anchored to an adequately anchored foundation system that resists flotation, collapse and lateral movement. Methods of anchoring may include, but are not limited to, use of over-the-top or frame ties to ground anchors. This requirement is in addition to applicable state or local anchoring requirements for resisting wind forces.

(b)        New or replacement manufactured homes in existing manufactured home parks must meet the vehicular access requirements for subdivisions in Section 7.22.

9.2   Recreational Vehicles: New recreational vehicle parks or campgrounds and expansions to existing recreational vehicle parks or campgrounds are prohibited in any floodplain district. Placement of recreational vehicles in existing recreational vehicle parks or campgrounds in the floodplain must meet the exemption criteria below or be treated as new structures meeting the requirements of this ordinance.

9.21 Recreational vehicles are exempt from the provisions of this ordinance if they are placed in any of the following areas and meet the criteria listed in Section 9.22:

(a) Individual lots or parcels of record.

(b) Existing commercial recreational vehicle parks or campgrounds.

(c) Existing condominium-type associations.

9.22 Criteria for Exempt Recreational Vehicles:

(a) The vehicle must have a current license required for highway use.

(b) The vehicle must be highway ready, meaning on wheels or the internal jacking system, attached to the site only by quick disconnect type utilities commonly used in campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks.

(c) No permanent structural type additions may be attached to the vehicle.

(d) The vehicle and associated use must be permissible in any pre-existing, underlying zoning district.

(e) Accessory structures are not permitted within the Floodway District. Any accessory structure in the Flood Fringe District must be constructed of flood-resistant materials and be securely anchored, meeting the requirements applicable to manufactured homes in Section 9.22.

(f) An accessory structure must constitute a minimal investment

9.23 Recreational vehicles that are exempt in Section 9.22 lose this exemption when development occurs on the site that exceeds a minimal investment for an accessory structure such as a garage or storage building. The recreational vehicle and all accessory structures will then be treated as new structures subject to the elevation and floodproofing requirements of Section 5.0 of this ordinance. No development or improvement on the parcel or attachment to the recreational vehicle is allowed that would hinder the removal of the vehicle should flooding occur.

SECTION 10.0  ADMINISTRATION

10.1 Zoning Administrator: A Zoning Administrator or other official designated by the City Council must administer and enforce this ordinance.

10.2 Permit Requirements:

10.21 Permit Required. A permit must be obtained from the Zoning Administrator prior to conducting the following activities:

(a) The erection, addition, modification, rehabilitation, or alteration of any building, structure, or portion thereof. Normal maintenance and repair also requires a permit if such work, separately or in conjunction with other planned work, constitutes a substantial improvement as defined in this ordinance.

(b)        The use or change of use of a building, structure, or land.

(c) The construction of a dam, fence, or on-site septic system, although a permit is not required for a farm fence as defined in this ordinance.

(d)       The change or extension of a nonconforming use.

(e) The repair of a structure that has been damaged by flood, fire, tornado, or any other source.

(f) The placement of fill, excavation of materials, or the storage of materials or equipment within the floodplain.

(g) Relocation or alteration of a watercourse (including new or replacement culverts and bridges), unless a public waters work permit has been applied for.

(h)        Any other type of “development” as defined in this ordinance.

10.22 Application for Permit. Permit applications must be submitted to the Zoning Administrator on forms provided by the Zoning Administrator. The permit application must include the following as applicable:

(a) A site plan showing all pertinent dimensions, existing or proposed buildings, structures, and significant natural features having an influence on the permit.

(b)        Location of fill or storage of materials in relation to the stream channel.

(c) Copies of any required municipal, county, state or federal permits or approvals.

(d)       Other relevant information requested by the Zoning Administrator as necessary to properly evaluate the permit application.

10.23 Certificate of Zoning Compliance for a New, Altered, or Nonconforming Use. No building, land or structure may be occupied or used in any manner until a certificate of zoning compliance has been issued by the Zoning Administrator stating that the use of the building or land conforms to the requirements of this ordinance.

10.24 Certification. The applicant is required to submit certification by a registered professional engineer, registered architect, or registered land surveyor that the finished fill and building elevations were accomplished in compliance with the provisions of this ordinance. Floodproofing measures must be certified by a registered professional engineer or registered architect.

10.25 Record of First Floor Elevation. The Zoning Administrator must maintain a record of the elevation of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new structures and alterations or additions to existing structures in the floodplain. The Zoning Administrator must also maintain a record of the elevation to which structures and alterations or additions to structures are floodproofed.

10.26 Notifications for Watercourse Alterations. Before authorizing any alteration or relocation of a river or stream, the Zoning Administrator must notify adjacent communities. If the applicant has applied for a permit to work in public waters pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 103G.245, this will suffice as adequate notice. A copy of the notification must also be submitted to the Chicago Regional Office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

10.27 Notification to FEMA When Physical Changes Increase or Decrease Base Flood Elevations. As soon as is practicable, but not later than six months after the date such supporting information becomes available, the Zoning Administrator must notify the Chicago Regional Office of FEMA of the changes by submitting a copy of the relevant technical or scientific data.

10.3 Variances:

10.31 Variance Applications. An application for a variance to the provisions of this ordinance will be processed and reviewed in accordance with applicable state statutes and Section(s) 125-58 of the zoning ordinance/code.

10.32 Adherence to State Floodplain Management Standards. A variance must not allow a use that is not allowed in that district, permit a lower degree of flood protection than the regulatory flood protection elevation for the particular area, or permit standards lower than those required by state law.

10.33 Additional Variance Criteria. The following additional variance criteria of the Federal Emergency Management Agency must be satisfied:

(a) Variances must not be issued by a community within any designated regulatory floodway if any increase in flood levels during the base flood discharge would result.

(b) Variances may only be issued by a community upon (i) a showing of good and sufficient cause, (ii) a determination that failure to grant the variance would result in exceptional hardship to the applicant, and (iii) a determination that the granting of a variance will not result in increased flood heights, additional threats to public safety, extraordinary public expense, create nuisances, cause fraud on or victimization of the public, or conflict with existing local laws or ordinances.

(c) Variances may only be issued upon a determination that the variance is the minimum necessary, considering the flood hazard, to afford relief.

10.34 Flood Insurance Notice. The Zoning Administrator must notify the applicant for a variance that: 1) The issuance of a variance to construct a structure below the base flood level will result in increased premium rates for flood insurance up to amounts as high as $25 for $100 of insurance coverage; and 2) Such construction below the base or regional flood level increases risks to life and property. Such notification must be maintained with a record of all variance actions.

10.35   General Considerations. The community may consider the following factors in granting variances and imposing conditions on variances and conditional uses in floodplains:

(a) The potential danger to life and property due to increased flood heights or velocities caused by encroachments;

(b) The danger that materials may be swept onto other lands or downstream to the injury of others;

(c) The proposed water supply and sanitation systems, if any, and the ability of these systems to minimize the potential for disease, contamination and unsanitary conditions;

(d) The susceptibility of any proposed use and its contents to flood damage and the effect of such damage on the individual owner;

(e) The importance of the services to be provided by the proposed use to the community;

(f) The requirements of the facility for a waterfront location;

(g) The availability of viable alternative locations for the proposed use that are not subject to flooding;

(h) The compatibility of the proposed use with existing development and development anticipated in the foreseeable future;

(i) The relationship of the proposed use to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and flood plain management program for the area;

(j) The safety of access to the property in times of flood for ordinary and emergency vehicles;

(k) The expected heights, velocity, duration, rate of rise and sediment transport of the flood waters expected at the site.

10.36 Submittal of Hearing Notices to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The (designated body/community official) must submit hearing notices for proposed variances to the DNR sufficiently in advance to provide at least ten days’ notice of the hearing. The notice may be sent by electronic mail or U.S. Mail to the respective DNR area hydrologist.

10.37 Submittal of Final Decisions to the DNR. A copy of all decisions granting variances must be forwarded to the DNR within ten days of such action. The notice may be sent by electronic mail or U.S. Mail to the respective DNR area hydrologist.

10.38 Record-Keeping. The Zoning Administrator must maintain a record of all variance actions, including justification for their issuance, and must report such variances in an annual or biennial report to the Administrator of the National Flood Insurance Program, when requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

10.4 Conditional Uses:

10.41 Administrative Review. An application for a conditional use permit under the provisions of this ordinance will be processed and reviewed in accordance with Section(s) 125-34 of the zoning ordinance/code.

10.42 Factors Used in Decision-Making. In passing upon conditional use applications, the City Council must consider all relevant factors specified in other sections of this ordinance, and those factors identified in Section 10.35 of this ordinance.

10.43 Conditions Attached to Conditional Use Permits. The City Council may attach such conditions to the granting of conditional use permits as it deems necessary to fulfill the purposes of this ordinance. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a) Modification of waste treatment and water supply facilities.

(b) Limitations on period of use, occupancy, and operation.

(c) Imposition of operational controls, sureties, and deed restrictions.

(d) Requirements for construction of channel modifications, compensatory storage, dikes, levees, and other protective measures.

(e) Floodproofing measures, in accordance with the State Building Code and this ordinance. The applicant must submit a plan or document certified by a registered professional engineer or architect that the floodproofing measures are consistent with the regulatory flood protection elevation and associated flood factors for the particular area.

10.44 Submittal of Hearing Notices to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The (designated body/community official) must submit hearing notices for proposed conditional uses to the DNR sufficiently in advance to provide at least ten days’ notice of the hearing. The notice may be sent by electronic mail or U.S. Mail to the respective DNR area hydrologist.

10.45 Submittal of Final Decisions to the DNR. A copy of all decisions granting conditional uses must be forwarded to the DNR within ten days of such action. The notice may be sent by electronic mail or U.S. Mail to the respective DNR area hydrologist.

SECTION 11.0  NONCONFORMITIES

11.1 Continuance of Nonconformities: A use, structure, or occupancy of land which was lawful before the passage or amendment of this ordinance but which is not in conformity with the provisions of this ordinance may be continued subject to the following conditions. Historic structures, as defined in Section 2.941(b) of this ordinance, are subject to the provisions of Sections 11.11 – 11.16 of this ordinance.

11.11 A nonconforming use, structure, or occupancy must not be expanded, changed, enlarged, or altered in a way that increases its flood damage potential or degree of obstruction to flood flows except as provided in 11.12 below. Expansion or enlargement of uses, structures or occupancies within the Floodway District is prohibited.

11.12 Any addition or structural alteration to a nonconforming structure or nonconforming use that would result in increasing its flood damage potential must be protected to the regulatory flood protection elevation in accordance with any of the elevation on fill or floodproofing techniques (i.e., FP1 thru FP4 floodproofing classifications) allowable in the State Building Code, except as further restricted in 11.13 and 11.17 below.

11.13 If the cost of all previous and proposed alterations and additions exceeds 50 percent of the market value of any nonconforming structure, that shall be considered substantial improvement, and the entire structure must meet the standards of Section 4.0 or 5.0 of this ordinance for new structures, depending upon whether the structure is in the Floodway or Flood Fringe District, respectively. The cost of all structural alterations and additions must include all costs such as construction materials and a reasonable cost placed on all manpower or labor.

11.14 If any nonconforming use, or any use of a nonconforming structure, is discontinued for more than one year, any future use of the premises must conform to this ordinance. The Assessor must notify the Zoning Administrator in writing of instances of nonconformities that have been discontinued for a period of more than one year.

11.15 If any nonconformity is substantially damaged, as defined in Section 2.940 of this ordinance, it may not be reconstructed except in conformity with the provisions of this ordinance. The applicable provisions for establishing new uses or new structures in Sections 4.0 or 5.0 will apply depending upon whether the use or structure is in the Floodway or Flood Fringe, respectively.

11.16 If any nonconforming use or structure experiences a repetitive loss, as defined in Section 2.936 of this ordinance, it must not be reconstructed except in conformity with the provisions of this ordinance.

11.17 Any substantial improvement, as defined in Section 2.941 of this ordinance, to a nonconforming structure requires that the existing structure and any additions must meet the requirements of Section 4.0 or 5.0 of this ordinance for new structures, depending upon whether the structure is in the Floodway or Flood Fringe District.

SECTION 12.0   PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT

12.1 Violation Constitutes a Misdemeanor: Violation of the provisions of this ordinance or failure to comply with any of its requirements (including violations of conditions and safeguards established in connection with grants of variances or conditional uses) constitute a misdemeanor and will be punishable as defined by law.

12.2 Other Lawful Action: Nothing in this ordinance restricts the City of Rogers from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation. If the responsible party does not appropriately respond to the Zoning Administrator within the specified period of time, each additional day that lapses will constitute an additional violation of this ordinance and will be prosecuted accordingly.

12.3 Enforcement: Violations of the provisions of this ordinance will be investigated and resolved in accordance with the provisions of Section(s) 125-2 of the zoning ordinance/code. In responding to a suspected ordinance violation, the Zoning Administrator and City Council may utilize the full array of enforcement actions available to it including but not limited to prosecution and fines, injunctions, after-the-fact permits, orders for corrective measures or a request to the National Flood Insurance Program for denial of flood insurance availability to the guilty party. The City of Rogers must act in good faith to enforce these official controls and to correct ordinance violations to the extent possible so as not to jeopardize its eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program.

SECTION 13.0  AMENDMENTS

13.1 Floodplain Designation – Restrictions on Removal: The floodplain designation on the Official Zoning Map must not be removed from floodplain areas unless it can be shown that the designation is in error or that the area has been filled to or above the elevation of the regulatory flood protection elevation and is contiguous to lands outside the floodplain. Special exceptions to this rule may be permitted by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) if the Commissioner determines that, through other measures, lands are adequately protected for the intended use.

13.2 Amendments Require DNR Approval: All amendments to this ordinance must be submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prior to adoption. The Commissioner must approve the amendment prior to community approval.

13.3 Map Revisions Require Ordinance Amendments. The floodplain district regulations must be amended to incorporate any revisions by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the floodplain maps adopted in Section 2.3 of this ordinance.

Section 18. Repealer.

Upon passage and publication of this ordinance and Ordinance No. 2012-02 will be repealed.

This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and publication.      

Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 22nd day of November, 2016.

Amending Section 125-1 Definitions

Ordinance NO. 2016 – 19

An ordinance amending section 125-1 Definitions, of the Rogers Zoning Code

The following definitions are hereby added to section 125-1

Base Flood Elevation – The elevation of the “regional flood.” The term “base flood elevation” is used in the flood insurance survey.

Critical Facilities – facilities necessary to a community’s public health and safety, those that store or produce highly volatile, toxic or water-reactive materials, and those that house occupants that may be insufficiently mobile to avoid loss of life or injury. Examples of critical facilities include hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, daycare facilities, nursing homes, fire and police stations, wastewater treatment facilities, public electric utilities, water plants, fuel storage facilities, and waste handling and storage facilities.

Development – any manmade change to improved or unimproved real estate, including buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations, or storage of equipment or materials.

Equal Degree of Encroachment – a method of determining the location of floodway boundaries so that floodplain lands on both sides of a stream are capable of conveying a proportionate share of flood flows.

Farm Fence – A fence as defined by Minn. Statutes Section 344.02, Subd. 1(a)-(d). An open type fence of posts and wire is not considered to be a structure under this ordinance. Fences that have the potential to obstruct flood flows, such as chain link fences and rigid walls, are regulated as structures under this ordinance.

Flood – a temporary increase in the flow or stage of a stream or in the stage of a wetland or lake that results in the inundation of normally dry areas.

Flood Frequency – the frequency for which it is expected that a specific flood stage or discharge may be equaled or exceeded.

Flood Fringe – the portion of the Special Flood Hazard Area (one percent annual chance flood) located outside of the floodway. Flood fringe is synonymous with the term “floodway fringe” used in the Flood Insurance Study for Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Flood Insurance Rate Map - an official map on which the Federal Insurance Administrator has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community. A FIRM that has been made available digitally is called a Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM).

Flood Prone Area – any land susceptible to being inundated by water from any source (see “Flood”).

Floodplain – the beds proper and the areas adjoining a wetland, lake or watercourse which have been or hereafter may be covered by the regional flood.

Floodproofing – a combination of structural provisions, changes, or adjustments to properties and structures subject to flooding, primarily for the reduction or elimination of flood damages.

Floodway – the bed of a wetland or lake and the channel of a watercourse and those portions of the adjoining floodplain which are reasonably required to carry or store the regional flood discharge.

Lowest Floor – the lowest floor of the lowest enclosed area (including basement). An unfinished or flood resistant enclosure, used solely for parking of vehicles, building access, or storage in an area other than a basement area, is not considered a building’s lowest floor; provided, that such enclosure is not built so as to render the structure in violation of the applicable non-elevation design requirements of 44 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 60.3.

New Construction - Structures, including additions and improvements, and placement of manufactured homes, for which the start of construction commenced on or after the effective date of this ordinance.

Obstruction – any dam, wall, wharf, embankment, levee, dike, pile, abutment, projection, excavation, channel modification, culvert, building, wire, fence, stockpile, refuse, fill, structure, or matter in, along, across, or projecting into any channel, watercourse, or regulatory floodplain which may impede, retard, or change the direction of the flow of water, either in itself or by catching or collecting debris carried by such water.

One Hundred Year Floodplain – lands inundated by the “Regional Flood”

Reach – a hydraulic engineering term to describe a longitudinal segment of a stream or river influenced by a natural or man-made obstruction. In an urban area, the segment of a stream or river between two consecutive bridge crossings would most typically constitute a reach.

Regional Flood – a flood which is representative of large floods known to have occurred generally in Minnesota and reasonably characteristic of what can be expected to occur on an average frequency in the magnitude of the 1% chance or 100-year recurrence interval. Regional flood is synonymous with the term "base flood" used in a flood insurance study.

Regulatory Flood Protection Elevation (RFPE) - an elevation not less than one foot above the elevation of the regional flood plus any increases in flood elevation caused by encroachments on the floodplain that result from designation of a floodway.

Repetitive Loss: Flood related damages sustained by a structure on two separate occasions during a ten year period for which the cost of repairs at the time of each such flood event on the average equals or exceeds 25% of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.

Special Flood Hazard Area – a term used for flood insurance purposes synonymous with “One Hundred Year Floodplain.”

Start of Construction – includes substantial improvement, and means the actual start of construction, repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, placement or other improvement that occurred before the permit’s expiration date. The actual start is either the first placement of permanent construction of a structure on a site, such as the pouring of slab or footings, the installation of piles, the construction of columns, or any work beyond the stage of excavation; or the placement of a manufactured home on a foundation. Permanent construction does not include land preparation, such as clearing, grading and filling; nor does it include the installation of streets and/or walkways; nor does it include excavation for a basement, footings, piers, foundations, or the erection of temporary forms; nor does it include the installation on the property of accessory buildings, such as garages or sheds not occupied as dwelling units or not part of the main structure. For a substantial improvement, the actual start of construction means the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, floor, or other structural part of a building, whether or not that alteration affects the external dimensions of the building.

Substantial Damage - means damage of any origin sustained by a structure where the cost of restoring the structure to its before damaged condition would equal or exceed 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.

Substantial Improvement - within any consecutive 365-day period, any reconstruction, rehabilitation (including normal maintenance and repair), repair after damage, addition, or other improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the “start of construction” of the improvement. This term includes structures that have incurred “substantial damage,” regardless of the actual repair work performed. The term does not, however, include either:

(a)         Any project for improvement of a structure to correct existing violations of state or local health, sanitary, or safety code specifications which have been identified by the local code enforcement official and which are the minimum necessary to assure safe living conditions.

(b)        Any alteration of a “historic structure,” provided that the alteration will not preclude the structure’s continued designation as a “historic structure.” For the purpose of this ordinance, “historic structure” is as defined in 44 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 59.1.

The Ordinance shall have full force and effect upon its passing and publication.

Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 22nd day of November, 2016.

Amending Article XI Massage

ORDINANCE NO. 2016 - 18

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE XI MASSAGE OF THE ROGERS CITY CODE

The Rogers City Council Ordains as follows:

Section 22-685 – License Application is hereby amended as follows:

  1. All applicants. For all applications:
    1. The full name, place and date of birth, and street residence address of the designated business licensee along with a color photocopy of the applicant's Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota I.D. front and back, or any other government-issued I.D and proof of citizenship in a form acceptable to the City. If the photocopy is not acceptable to the Rogers Police Department, the department may take photographs for the file.

j.        All applicants shall agree, in writing, to submit to a criminal background check and agree to pay the associated fees.

  1. For applicants who are individuals:
    1. Whether the applicant is a citizen of the United States or a resident alien or has the legal authority to work in the United States. Applicants must provide proper documentation of such status in a form acceptable to the City.

(b) Massage therapist license application.

(9) Whether the applicant is a U.S. citizen or resident alien or has the legal authority to work in the United States. Applicant must provide proper documentation regarding citizenship status in a form acceptable to the City.

Section 22-689 Locations Ineligible for Therapeutic Massage Enterprise License is hereby amended as follows:

(c) Violation. No license shall be granted or renewed for adult uses on any premises where a licensee has been convicted of a violation of this article, or where any license hereunder has been revoked for cause, until one year has elapsed after such conviction or revocation.

Section 22-690 License Restrictions is hereby amended as follows:

(m) Inspections. In light of the high risk of involvement with illegal conduct an establishment providing massage therapy poses to the general public and in the interests of public safety, the issuing authority, environmental health department or designee, and/or the Rogers Police Department shall have the right to enter, inspect, and search the licensed premises during the hours in which the licensed premises is open for business and any at any time in which a patron is permitted to be on the licensed premises. during the hours in which the licensed premises is open for business to ensure compliance with all provisions of this section and any other applicable sections of the city code and state building code. Any searches of the licensed premises are subject to reasonableness standards as recognized by the courts; search warrants will be secured when applicable. Any entry into a private residence will require either consent, exigent circumstances, or a search warrant. With reasonable notice, the business records of the licensee, including income tax returns, shall be available for inspection during the hours in which the licensed premises is open for business. The licensee is subject to a fee for a third inspection per the fee schedule, if orders to correct are issued to the licensee and those orders are not corrected upon re-inspection. Licenses shall be granted only to establishments which can meet the safety and sanitary requirements of the city and of the building code regulations of the city and state.

Section 22-690(a) Restrictions Regarding Sanitation and Health

  1. (1)Toilet room requirements. A licensed therapeutic massage enterprise shall be equipped with adequate and conveniently located toilet rooms for the accommodation of its employees and patrons. The toilet room shall be well ventilated by natural or mechanical methods and be enclosed with a door. The toilet room shall be kept clean and in good repair and shall be adequately lighted.
  2. (2)Paper/linen requirements. A licensed therapeutic massage enterprise shall provide single-service disposal paper or clean linens to cover the table, chair, furniture or area on which the patron receives the massage; or in the alternative, if the table, chair or furniture on which the patron receives the massage is made of material impervious to moisture, such table, chair or furniture shall be properly sanitized after each massage.
  3. (3)Washing of hands required. The massage therapist shall wash his or her hands and arms with water and soap, anti-bacterial scrubs, alcohol or other disinfectants prior to and following each massage service performed.

Section 22-691 term, renewal of license is hereby amended as follows:

(e) a license and licensee’s designated operator or manager under this section shall be responsible for the conduct of the business being operated and shall not allow any illegal activity to take place within or outside on the property of the licensed premises.

The Ordinance shall have full force and effect upon its passing and publication.

Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 22nd day of November, 2016.

2017 Master Fee Schedule

ORDINANCE NO. 2016 – 21

AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE 2017 MASTER FEE SCHEDULE

FOR THE CITY OF ROGERS

 

The Rogers City Council ordains as follows:

Section 1.        Adoption of Fees.

            The Master Fee Schedule hereby adopted by the Rogers City Council.  Visit the Finance Page for the Master Fee Schedule.

Section 2.        Effective Date.

            The effective date of this Ordinance shall be upon its passage and publication and the effective date of the fee schedule is January 1, 2017.

            Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 22nd day of November, 2016.

Business Registration Ordinance

ORDINANCE NO. 2016 – 15

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE 1 SECTION 22-1 OF THE ROGERS CITY CODE REGARDING BUSINESS REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE


The Rogers City Council ordains the following:

Section 22-1 is hereby amended to add the following language:

Section 22-2 Business Registration Certificate

a.    Purpose.  The purpose and intent of this section is to register all businesses within the City of Rogers. To provide general contact information, emergency contact information, hazardous material information and any review that may be necessary.
b.    Approval required
    a.    No person or entity who endeavors to conduct business shall occupy any land or building within the City without first obtaining approval of a Business Registration Certificate.
    b.    Persons or entities who conduct business and occupy land or a building within the City prior to the effective date of this ordinance shall obtain a Business Registration Certificate within 30 days of the effective date of this ordinance.
c.    Responsibility. Both the property owner and the lessee shall be responsible for securing the Business Registration Certificate.
d.    Approval of the Business Registration Certificate. The city shall approve the business registration certificate if the use is legal per this chapter and complies with the Zoning Code and all state and local codes and licensing requirements.
e.    Revocation of a Business Registration Certificate. Any false statement submitted to the City for approval of a business registration certificate shall automatically revoke the business registration certificate. After the City has determined false information was received, the City shall notice the owner and lessee that the registration has been revoked.  The notification shall also inform the owner and lessee that they have ten days to either obtain a new registration or terminate use of the land or building. If the use continues without a valid Business Registration Certificate, both the landowner and tenant shall be in violation of this section.
f.    Failure to Register.  The City reserves the right to refuse review or approval of any permit or zoning request made by an unregistered person or entity who conducts or endeavors to conduct business and occupies land or a building with the City.


The Ordinance shall have full force and effect upon its passing and publication.

Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 12th day of
July, 2016.


Section 22-2 Business Registration Certificate

a.       Purpose. The purpose and intent of this section is to register all businesses within the City of Rogers. To provide general contact information, emergency contact information, hazardous material information and any review that may be necessary.

b.      Approval required

a.       No person or entity who endeavors to conduct business shall occupy any land or building within the City without first obtaining approval of a Business Registration Certificate.

b.      Persons or entities who conduct business and occupy land or a building within the City prior to the effective date of this ordinance shall obtain a Business Registration Certificate within 30 days of the effective date of this ordinance.

c.       Responsibility. Both the property owner and the lessee shall be responsible for securing the Business Registration Certificate.

d.      Approval of the Business Registration Certificate. The city shall approve the business registration certificate if the use is legal per this chapter and complies with the Zoning Code and all state and local codes and licensing requirements.

e.       Revocation of a Business Registration Certificate. Any false statement submitted to the City for approval of a business registration certificate shall automatically revoke the business registration certificate. After the City has determined false information was received, the City shall notice the owner and lessee that the registration has been revoked.  The notification shall also inform the owner and lessee that they have ten days to either obtain a new registration or terminate use of the land or building. If the use continues without a valid Business Registration Certificate, both the landowner and tenant shall be in violation of this section.

f.        Failure to Register.  The City reserves the right to refuse review or approval of any permit or zoning request made by an unregistered person or entity who conducts or endeavors to conduct business and occupies land or a building with the City.

The Ordinance shall have full force and effect upon its passing and publication.

Passed by the City Council of the City of Rogers, Hennepin County, Minnesota, this 12th day of

July, 2016.

Weight Restrictions Ordinance

  • ARTICLE IV. - WEIGHT LIMITS AND TRUCK ROUTES

FOOTNOTE(S):

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State Law reference— Weight limits generally, Minn. Stats. § 169.822 et seq.

  • Sec. 42-90. - Weight restrictions.

(a)

Council resolution; streets designated for commercial vehicle operation. The city council by resolution may designate streets under its jurisdiction on which travel by commercial vehicles, except school buses not exceeding seven ton, in excess of 8,000 pounds gross weight is prohibited. The city engineer or public works superintendent shall erect appropriate signs on such streets. No person shall operate a commercial vehicle on such posted streets in violation of the restrictions stated unless the person has an overweight permit authorized under section 42-92, pertaining to permits. 

(b)

Vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires. No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires shall be operated upon the streets or highways in the city: 

(1)

Where the gross weight on any wheel exceeds 9,000 pounds;

(2)

Where the gross weight on any single axle exceeds 18,000 pounds;

(3)

Where the maximum wheel load:

a.

On the foremost and rearmost steering axles exceeds 600 pounds per inch of tire width or the manufacturer's recommended load, whichever is less; or 

b.

On other axles exceeds 500 pounds per inch of tire width or the manufacturer's recommended load, whichever is less; 

(4)

Where the gross weight on any axle of a tridem exceeds 15,000 pounds, except that for vehicles to which an additional axle has been added prior to June 1, 1981, the maximum gross weight on any axle of a tridem may be up to 16,000 pounds provided the gross weight of the tridem combination does not exceed 39,900 pounds where the first and third axles of the tridem are spaced nine feet apart; 

(5)

Where the gross weight on any group of axles exceeds the weights permitted under this article with any or all of the interior axles disregarded under gross weights subtracted from the gross weight of all axles of the group under consideration. 

(c)

Vehicles not equipped with pneumatic tires. A vehicle or combination of vehicles not equipped with pneumatic tires shall be governed by the provisions of this section, except that the gross weight limitations shall be reduced by 40 percent. 

(d)

Gross weight schedule. Except as otherwise provided, no vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires shall be operated upon the highways of this state where the total gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeds that given in the following table for the distance between the centers of the first and last axles of any group of two or more consecutive axles under consideration; unless otherwise noted, the distance between axles being measured longitudinally to the nearest even foot, and when the measurement is a fraction of exactly one-half foot the next largest whole number in feet shall be used, except that when the distance between axles is more than three feet four inches and less than three feet six inches the distance of four feet shall be used: 

NINE-TON GROSS WEIGHT TABLE 

 

RESTRICTED GROSS WEIGHT TABLE (LBS.)
POSTED AXLE LIMITS 

 

 

9 TON

8 TON 

7 TON 

6 TON

5 TON

4 TON

Single axle

18,000

16,000

14,000

12,000

10,000

8,000

Two axles spaced within
8 feet or less

34,000

30,222

26,444

22,667

18,889

15,111

Three axles spaced within
9 feet or less

*

38,222

33,444

28,667

23,889

19,111

Four axles spaced within
14 feet or less

*

45,778

40,056

34,333

28,611

22,889

 

*Notes: 

1.

For nine-ton restricted routes see the nine-ton gross weight table for maximum weights allowed on groups of three and four axles spaced less than nine and 14 feet respectively. 

2.

No combination of axle weights shall exceed those weights specified for nondesignated nine-ton routes. 

3.

To calculate the restricted gross weight for five or more axles, find standard legal weight limit in the nine-ton gross weight table, and multiply that number by the road posted axle limit and divide the product by the number nine. The result will be the restricted gross weight in pounds for the applicable number of axles. 

(e)

Tandem axle load. Notwithstanding any lesser weight in pounds shown in this table, but subject to the restrictions on gross vehicle weights in subsection (b)(3) of this section, two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of 34,000 pounds each and a combined gross load of 68,000 pounds, provided the overall distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is 36 feet or more. 

(f)

Maximum axle weight. The gross vehicle weight of all axles of a vehicle or combination of vehicles shall not exceed: 

(1)

For any vehicle or combination of vehicles with five axles (properly spaced) or less, 73,280 pounds; or 

(2)

For any vehicle or combination of vehicles with six or more axles (properly spaced), 80,000 pounds. 

(g)

Exception. The maximum weights specified in this subsection for five consecutive axles shall not apply to a four-axle ready-mix concrete truck which was equipped with a fifth axle prior to June 1, 1981. The maximum weights in this subsection for five consecutive axles shall not apply to a four-axle ready-mix concrete truck which was equipped with a fifth axle prior to June 1, 1981. The maximum gross weight on four or fewer consecutive axles of vehicles excepted by this subsection shall not exceed any maximum weight specified for four or fewer consecutive axles in this article. 

(h)

Lesser gross weight. In all cases where gross weights in any amount less than in this section set forth are fixed, limited or restricted on any highway or bridge by or pursuant to any other ordinance, such lesser gross weight as so fixed, limited or restricted shall not be exceeded, and in such case shall control instead of the gross weight set forth in this article. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 2, 9-24-1985; Ord. No. 97-8, § 2, 4-8-1997) 

State law reference— Weight limits, Minn. Stats. § 169.824. 

  • Sec. 42-91. - Seasonal weight restrictions.

The city engineer or public works superintendent may prohibit the operation of vehicles upon any street under his jurisdiction or impose weight restrictions on vehicles to be operated on such street whenever the street, by reason of deterioration, rain, snow or other climatic conditions, will be seriously damaged or destroyed unless the use of vehicles on the street is prohibited or the permissible weights thereof reduced. He shall erect and maintain signs plainly indicating the prohibition or restriction at each end of that portion of the street affected. Such weight restrictions shall be generally imposed from March 15 to May 15 of each year unless the city engineer or public works superintendent determines to extend the period to protect such streets. The city engineer or public works superintendent shall report to the city council such extension, and such extension shall be effective for such extended period unless the council, by resolution, determines a lesser period. No person shall operate a vehicle on a posted street in violation of the prohibition or restriction unless the person has a permit authorized under section 42-92. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 3, 9-24-1985; Ord. No. 97-8, § 3, 4-8-1997) 

  • Sec. 42-92. - Permits—Issuance and liability.

(a)

Regular permits. The city council may issue overweight permits permitting a person to operate a truck or vehicle on a posted street with a gross weight in excess of the posted weight limit if it determines that an undue hardship or exceptional difficulties would result if the person could not operate a vehicle or truck with a gross weight in excess of the posted weight limit on the street posted as provided in section 42-91 and this section. No permit shall be issued unless the person agrees to be liable for all street damage resulting from his operations. The city council may impose such terms and conditions, including a written agreement, an assurance bond, a cash deposit or similar security, relating to liability for street damage as may be appropriate under an individual permit, after giving consideration to the street involved, the period of the overweight permit, the likelihood and degree of street damage, and other matter it deems relevant. 

(b)

Administrative day permits. Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the city clerk is authorized to issue one-day overweight permits. Such one-day overweight permits may be issued by the city clerk when he determines that the proposed use is an isolated use and not an extended or regular use that will or is likely to occur over more than one 24-hour period. No one-day overweight permit shall be issued unless the applicant agrees to be liable for all street damage resulting from his operations. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 4, 9-24-1985) 

  • Sec. 42-93. - Same—Application.

Every application for an overweight permit shall be made to the clerk on a form provided by him. It shall be accompanied by payment to the clerk of the prescribed fee. The clerk shall present the application to the council for action. 

  • Sec. 42-94. - Same—Fees.

(a)

The fee for an overweight permit shall be as established by ordinance.

(b)

Permit fees shall be paid in advance and shall not be refunded in whole or in part if the permit is granted. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 5, 9-24-1985) 

  • Sec. 42-95. - Same—Duration.

The overweight permit shall be valid for the period set forth on the permit, which in no event shall be issued for more than 14 days. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 7, 9-24-1985) 

  • Sec. 42-96. - Same—Transferability.

No overweight permit shall be transferred to any other vehicle or truck. The permit shall relate to a specific vehicle or truck and shall not be changed to another vehicle or truck. The operator of a vehicle or truck hauling materials on an overweight permit shall have the overweight permit in his possession at all times during such hauling and shall display the same to a peace officer upon request. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 8, 9-24-1985) 

  • Sec. 42-97. - Penalty.

(a)

Any person violating any provisions of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both. 

(b)

Notwithstanding anything in subsection (a) of this section to the contrary, unless there are mitigating or extenuating circumstances, and to the extent permitted by law, minimum fines recommended for imposition are those established in the following schedule: 

WEIGHT LIMITS 

(Vehicles overweight as to single axles, tandem axles, tridem axles, or overweight as to registered gross weight or over maximum vehicle weight allowed (80,000 lbs.)) 

 

Pounds Overweight

Fine

1,000 to 2,999

$100.00

3,000 to 3,999

 200.00

4,000 to 4,999

 300.00

5,000 to 5,999

 400.00

6,000 to 6,999

 500.00

7,000 to 7,999

 600.00

8,000 to 8,999

 700.00

 

(c)

Any fines imposed pursuant to this article shall be in addition to any civil penalty imposed and collected under Minn. Stats. § 169.871. 

(Ord. No. 85-5, § 10, 9-24-1985; Ord. No. 97-8, § 4, 4-8-1997)