Dispute over dock on Medicine Lake in Plymouth continues to April meeting

  • Updated: March 8, 2014 - 4:20 PM
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Dan Gustafson bought a 5-foot strip out of land wedged ,about as wide as his arms are stretched between two lake homes on the shoreline of Plymouth's Medicine Lake ] Dan Gustafson bought a 5-foot strip of land wedged between two lake homes on the shoreline of Plymouth's Medicine Lake so he could boat and access the lake. But he's finding out that it's not that easy. The city says that, without a house on the narrow sliver of land, zoning rules restrict the Minnetonka man from being able to put up a dock. Richard.Sennott@startribune.com Richard Sennott/Star Tribune Plymouth , Minn Friday 2/28/2014) ** (cq)

A decision over whether the owner of a 5-foot sliver of land on Medicine Lake can have a dock has been postponed until April.

Dan Gustafson of Minnetonka requested the city of Plymouth change zoning rules to let him have a dock on the narrow land he had bought.

The city’s Planning Commission was expected to vote on the changes last Wednesday, but instead decided to continue a public hearing on the issue until April 2 — despite a request by an attorney for Gustafson’s neighbors to resolve the issue sooner.

He bought the old fire lane wedged between two houses for $28,000 in 2012. Last October, the City Council denied his appeal to have a dock, saying it’s an accessory structure, which isn’t permitted in that area without a principal building like a house.

KELLY SMITH

@kellystrib

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