A public hearing was held on the first reading of Ordinance 2020-11 – Revised Zoning Ordinance Monday, Nov. 16 at the North Sioux City City Council meeting. No members of the public appeared for comment and after closing the hearing, the council discussed three aspects – gun range/gun store, mobile homes and Board of Adjustments.

Council member Lesa Cropley asked about the gun range or a gun shop, as some residents asked about it at an earlier meeting. City Administrator Eric Christensen explained that someone wants to open a gun shop at the end of River Drive near the mobile home park; a gun range is proposed in the industrial park. The gun shop would be a temporary location until another area building becomes available. A line would have to be added to the industrial portion of the ordinance to allow recreation facilities so that a gun range could be put into the industrial park.

Council member Joan Christiansen pointed out that the new zoning ordinance states that mobile homes can’t be more than 10 years old but their current ordinance says 15. She wanted it to be switched back to 15.

According to the new ordinance, a Board of Adjustment (BOA) would be established consisting of members of the city council, planning and zoning or community members. The council decided to have planning and zoning be the BOA.

The council approved the first reading with the following amendments – 1) add recreational facilities as industrial use and modify the definition of recreational facilities to include gun ranges; 2) change the age of mobile homes from 10 years to 15 years; and 3) strike members of the city council and add members of the planning commission. With these changes, a public hearing will be held at the second reading Dec. 7.

Ordinance 2020-09 – FEMA Required Ordinance changes second reading was approved. This ordinance is to update the city’s ordinance in accordance with federal law before Jan. 15, 2021 due to land being removed from the floodway north of the city.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.