County to make decision on environmental review for new school
BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will have the option to move Bemidji Area Schools to the permitting phase for building a new elementary school or request further environmental reviews from the district this afternoon.
Today's decision relates to the district seeking a conditional use permit to build a new school facility on property within the shoreland management zone in Grant Valley Township. However, before they can obtain a permit for construction, Minnesota law requires an Environmental Assessment Worksheet be completed to review potential impacts.
In the past two months, Bemidji Area Schools completed, submitted and received public comments on the EAW, which was reviewed by the county's Planning Commission. According to Beltrami County meeting packets, the commission found that additional environmental review wasn't necessary, meaning the district wouldn't have to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement.