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Bemidji City Council to hold discussion on future of Joint Planning Board

The Bemidji City Council will hold a discussion on the future of the Greater Bemidji Joint Planning Board during its work session on Monday, Oct. 24.

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council will hold a discussion on the Greater Bemidji Joint Planning Board during its work session on Monday, Oct. 24.

The discussion follows Northern Township providing notice of its intent to leave the partnership during a joining meeting between the two governmental bodies in September.

The JPB, which is the regulatory body for planning and zoning decisions in Bemidji and Northern Township, was created 15 years ago. Originally it also included Bemidji Township, which exited the group in 2017.

The current notice presented by Northern Township would have the partnership formally dissolve on Dec. 31, 2024, though this does depend on the interpretation of the original contract’s exit terms.

At the joint meeting where the notice was presented, Northern Township Chairman Jess Frenzel did express that the township board might be open to staying in the organization, provided an agreement is reached.

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The city council meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 24, at City Hall.

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