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Joint Planning Commission: New communication tower proposed

A public hearing will be held Thursday on a proposal for a new 150-foot-tall communications tower.

The Bemidji Area Joint Planning Commission will hold the public hearing during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. at Bemidji City Hall.

The tower is proposed to replace an existing 60-foot-tall at 102 Lincoln Ave. S.E.

Roger Paskvan, the owner of Rogers' Two-Way Radio, has requested the new tower.

He believes the construction of the Bemidji Regional Event Center has reduced the signal strength of the existing tower, according to JPC documents. He also is concerned that future south shore development could exacerbate the issue.

Joint planning staff has recommended that the JPC review the proposal and hold the public hearing, but extend the review period another 60 days.

Staff has recommended that a communication engineer be consulted for further analysis.

Housing plan

The JPC will also consider a supportive housing plan for homeless and transitioning families.

The Headwaters Housing Development Corporation 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.

The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board on Nov. 4 considered the Planned Unit Development of the development, but decided the revised plan has changed enough to prompt reconsideration by the JPC.

The JPC first considered the plan in September. Then, the JPC voted 10-0 to recommend approval, but suggested several changes be made.