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Joint Planning Board: Supportive housing plan seeks final approval

The plan to provide supportive housing for homeless and transitioning families will seek final approval tonight.

The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board is expected to consider the plan, being championed by the Headwaters Housing Development Commission, during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. at Bemidji City Hall.

The HHDC hopes to build a 20-unit supportive housing project on 5.1 acres of land now owned by the Beltrami County Housing and Redevelopment Authority north of the Bi-County Community Action Program Inc. building north of 15th Street.

The project would provide permanent and short-term rental housing and supporting services for homeless and transitioning families. Housing is proposed to be broken into five four-unit complexes.

The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission last month voted 10-0 to recommend approval of the Planned Unit Development, but there were some concerns cited, including the amount of parking on site.

Also on the agenda for the meeting are:

- A variance request from Robert and Lorena Cook, 346 Elm St. N.E., to construct an addition to the south side of an existing single-family residence. The addition would increase the exterior footprint of a legal, existing, non-conforming residence.

- A variance request from Rodney and Delores Pickett, 5712 Birchmont Drive N.E., for a 696-square-foot addition and a 184-square-foot covered walkway.

- A variance request from Peter and Sandy Hennum, 3601 Waville Road N.E., to increase the exterior footprint of a single-family residence by 214 square feet, allow for a 2-foot roof overhang, and increase the overall roof by a height of 2 feet. The homeowners plan to construct a 214-square-foot addition for an entryway and add a new pitched roof with a 2-foot overhang.

- The JPB also will consider approval of the Central City Plan (also known as the downtown study) recently conducted by RDG Planning & Design.