Sheldon Council Approves Rezoning, New Subdivision

Sheldon, Iowa — At their regular meeting on Wednesday night, January 17th, the Sheldon City Council approved two rezoning requests and approved the plat for a new housing subdivision.

The council voted to approve the rezoning of 4901 300th Street, which is the northwest corner of Nest Avenue and 300th Street, between three-quarters and seven-eighths of a mile east of the north end of the Sheldon Regional Airport property. The property has been zoned agricultural, and the zoning will now change to suburban residential. A shed and home are being constructed on the property. No zoning change would have been required for the shed, but for the house, a zoning change is needed. During the meeting, council member Brad Hindt asked why it seemed like people often start the building before the rezoning request is approved. In response, City Manager Sam Kooiker said he would like to work with O’Brien County on zoning issues, but O’Brien is one of the handful of counties in the state without a zoning code.

The council also voted to approve the rezoning for the proposed Trijinks addition. They subsequently approved the plat for the new subdivision as well.

The council also approved a request to vacate a small piece of property — that of unimproved 13th Avenue north of 14th Street.

When they approved the consent agenda, they approved one wine and one cigarette permit, the confirmation of the mayor’s appointment of council member Shantel Oostra to the Crossroads Pavilion Board, the confirmation of the mayor’s appointment of Jarad Johnson to serve as assistant SCAT Director, a resolution approving fire service fees, a resolution setting a hearing for a South 5th Avenue farm lease, the approval of a resolution regarding an updated 28E agreement for the Regional Drug Task Force, and the approval of a resolution for the annual Village Northwest Unlimited Fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024.

The council also heard a bonding update and discussed bonding and budget considerations without making any decisions on them at this time.


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