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Neighbors protest proposed salvage yard near Hutchinson

Larry Phillips, chair of the McLeod County Planning and Zoning Commission, didn’t even have time to open a public hearing before neighbors started protesting a conditional use permit application by Mitchell Niccum to establish an auto salvage home occupation on Major Avenue in Hutchinson Township.
Niccum’s application requested that he be allowed to store up to 40 vehicles at a time on about three acres of land.
Niccum was not present at the hearing, which was held Wednesday, Oct. 25.
Larry Gasow, county zoning administrator, said the application for the conditional use permit came after the fact. Gasow said his office received a phone call saying the business had already been established.
“We had to go to him versus him coming in to us,” said Gasow.
Gasow and the planning commission visited the site prior to the hearing, and Gasow noted that several conditions would have to be established, such as putting up screening to hide the vehicles from public view.
For more from the planning commission meeting, see the Nov. 1 print edition of The Chronicle.