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Camping World Approved for Minn. Expansion

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Camping World is one step closer to picking up a little more space, and a Monticello, Minn., property will get a makeover because of it.

Monticello City Council members voted 5-0 last week to approve a request for a Development Stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) for vehicle sales and rental, auto repair – minor, and accessory office and retail uses from Camping World’s Monticello outlet. Camping World will now prepare a request for a final stage PUD.

This story by Clay Sawatzke originally appeared in the Monticello Times.

According to the city council agenda, Camping World recently acquired a six-acre property to its east, formerly occupied by Bedrock Motors, and proposed to the city they would integrate the current western site activities (primarily sales, display, and some services and retail uses) with activities on the Bedrock site (primarily detailing and vehicle preparation) in the buildings, and construct an expanded sales/display area over the full extent of the property, including the current green space.

The expansion takes the Camping World site from approximately 8.85 acres to 14.85 acres.
Prior to last Monday’s council meeting, Monticello Planning Commission had laid out a series of modifications to the original Camping World rezoning and PUD request.

One area where planning commission gave Camping World flexibility is in allowing a request for a 130-foot flag pole. Typically, city code would cap the flag pole at 55 feet.

Two of the key modifications from planning commission were that Camping World must provide curbing around the entire paved area, consistent with the requirements of the zoning ordinance and that they follow city code in relation to landscaping. Camping World found nearly all of the modifications agreeable, and had already worked some into their plan before presenting to the council Monday night.

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