Conditional use permit is next step for Gene Dillon Elementary
BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools leaders need to secure a conditional use permit and variance from the county before they can move forward with plans to build a long-anticipated elementary school.
School district staff applied for the permit a day after the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners decided that an environmental assessment worksheet—rather than a full-fledged environmental impact statement—was enough to gauge Gene Dillon Elementary School's impact on nearby ponds and other natural areas. The permit outlines the district's plans for the site, which sits near Bemidji High School at the intersection of Division Street West and Becida Road Southwest.
The county's planning commission is scheduled to deliberate the permit at a Sept. 26 meeting, and could attach conditions commissioners feel are necessary to mitigate potential concerns about impacts to traffic and the environment.