The Hastings Planning Commission took action Monday to clarify the penalties for violations of conditions incorporated into a conditional use permit.

Commissioners voted 9-0 during their meeting Monday to recommend approval of proposed Ordinance No. 4598, which would amend city code to clarify penalties for violations of conditions. Commissioner Gavin Raitt was absent, but alternate Willis Hunt was present.

Development Services Director Don Threewitt said the code amendment comes from similar language in the city code in Norfolk. Hastings City Administrator Dave Ptak and City Attorney Clint Schukei both spent time in Norfolk as city attorney.

“It’s clean, it’s clear, and makes the penalties as clear as you can get,” Threewitt said.

The amendment specifically clarifies that violation of permit conditions is a violation of the zoning ordinance and would be subject to Hastings city code, which reads: “Any person who shall violate, neglect or refuse to comply or who resists or opposes the enforcement of, any of the provisions of this code shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction thereof, be fined any sum not more than $100 for each offense. Every day on which such violation, neglect or refusal shall continue, shall be deemed as a separate and distinct offense.”

The Hastings City Council is scheduled to act on the recommendation during the council’s Aug. 12 meeting.

Also during the meeting, Commissioners voted 8-1 to recommend the final plat for the Pioneer Trail Flats Second Subdivision, a replat of Lot 3 of the Pioneer Flats Subdivision in North Park Commons. Hunt dissented.

The commissioners also unanimously approved the Preliminary plat for Trail Ridge Subdivision. The subdivision is the single-family housing component of North Park Commons.

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