Ordinance 454 - Golf Carts:
The current recreational vehicle ordinance prohibits the operation of golf carts on city streets. Despite the current ordinance, many residents use golf carts to get people and gear to and from docks, common association areas, etc. It has been the City's ongoing practice to enforce the current ordinance (regarding the operation of golf carts) on a complaint only basis.
Furthermore, in recent years the City has received a number of requests (including the developer of Woodland Cove) to amend the current recreational vehicle ordinance to allow for the operation of golf carts on city streets. State Statute provides a provision for municipalities to adopt ordinances allowing for the operation of golf carts on city streets by permit.
Over the past several years, the police department has had very few complaints regarding the operation of golf carts on city streets despite the fact that this practice has been occurring for some time.
The City Council recently discussed an ordnance relating to the use of golf carts on city streets at their July 16, 2018 meeting with no action taken on the item. The item will be brought back to the City Council on August 6, 2018 for further discussion and possible action. Notice of the meeting is a follows:
CITY OF MINNETRISTA
Notice is hereby given that the Minnetrista City Council will be considering the following item on Monday, August 6, 2018 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Minnetrista City Hall:
CODE TEXT AMENDMENT: The city of Minnetrista will consider Ordinance 454 which will amend Chapter 9 of City Code. The proposed amendment would regulate the use of motorized golf carts within the city of Minnetrista. Below is a copy of the proposed ordinance.
Ordinance 453 - Short Term Rentals:
This topic has been prevalent in common resort and tourism-oriented communities for several years now. People who choose this type of lodging are often looking for a more economical way to travel as a group or are seeking a different type of experience than the traditional hotel/motel or bed & breakfast establishment provides. Some concerns raised with renting out private homes are those of public safety, traffic or parking on roads; public health, safe drinking water supplies or adequate sewage treatment systems; location, impact on the neighborhoods due to factors like loud activity; and fairness, putting renters on a level regulatory playing field with resorters, who are held to a much higher standard.
Early in 2017, the City Council first discussed this topic at a work session meeting. At that time, there was no action taken or direction given regarding a possible ordinance. Recently, short term rentals have been brought to the attention of the City Council and again it was discussed at a February 2018 work session meeting. After their most recent discussion, the City Council directed staff to begin work on a draft ordinance regarding short term rentals. The Planning Commission began to discuss the proposed draft Ordinance 453 at their March 26, 2018 meeting and continued the public hearing to their April 23, 2018 meeting. At their April 23, 2018 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended the proposed draft Ordinance 453 to the City Council.
The City Council discussed the proposed draft Ordinance 453 at both their May 7, 2018 and May 21, 2018 meetings. Ultimately, the City Council adopted Ordinance 453 at their May 21, 2018 meeting. A copy of the adopted Ordinance 453 can be found below.