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Kwik Trip Re-Zoning May Come to Vote Again

Council President Joel Sipress said he intends to bring the zoning resolution back at the next meeting. Council President Joel Sipress said he intends to bring the zoning resolution back at the next meeting.  | 

Baihly Warfield
June 14, 2017 03:28 PM

Turns out the Duluth City Council did not approve a zoning change along the Proctor border on Boundary Avenue. 

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Councilors voted 5-3 Monday to re-zone the parcel from residential to mixed-use neighborhood. Kwik Trip has expressed interest in the land. 

However, President Joel Sipress said he was informed Tuesday that the measure required a supermajority to pass, meaning at least six out of the nine councilors have to vote yes. 

City Attorney Gunnar Johnson was not at Monday's meeting, and the representative from his office gave the council incorrect information about whether a simple or supermajority was required to pass the zoning change. 

Councilor Elissa Hansen was absent Monday night. Sipress said if the council had known it required a supermajority, they may have tabled the resolution until all nine members were present. 

Sipress told Eyewitness News, "it is my intent to offer a motion for reconsideration," at the next regular meeting on June 26. 

Sipress was one of the three no votes. Councilors Gary Anderson and Howie Hanson were also opposed. 


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